Planned Mosque Draws Opponents, Supporters In Tenn

July 14, 2010

Author: Travis Loller

Source: The Syracuse Post-Standard

Wire Service: AP

A demonstration against a planned mosque and Islamic community center in Murfreesboro saw protesters and counter protesters, each claiming to be true defenders of the Constitution amid competing chants of "USA! USA!"

Wednesday's march to the Rutherford County courthouse brought out about 400 people opposed to a planned 52,000-square-foot compound with athletic facilities, meeting rooms and a home for the mosque's imam.

A group called Middle Tennesseans for Religious Freedom organized a counter protest that drew a similar number of mosque supporters, holding signs with slogans like, "Freedom of religion means freedom for all religions."

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