The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has faced intense local opposition over plans to construct a new mosque. / CNNUpdate: There’s been some news about this mosque, which I’d missed; see below.

I already blogged about the mosque under construction in Mufreesboro, TN which was burned to the ground. And Tennessee’s Neocrusaders kept up their campaign against the project. But as CNN’s Belief Blog reports, their efforts have been for naught; the mosque is going to be built after all (locally-cached version):

It has taken months, but leaders of an embattled Murfreesboro, Tennessee, mosque say that construction of a new facility could start as soon as next month.

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has existed for more than a decade. As it surpassed 1,000 worshippers, its members planned to build a new 52,000-square-foot structure with a mosque, gym, playground and cemetery.

The Neocrusaders certainly did put up a fight, though, using the aforementioned arson and vandalism, as well as lawsuits, and intimidating potential contractors:

Some contractors weren’t willing to take the job. Mosque leaders said contractors told them it had become too much of a hot-button issue and presented too much of a risk to their business and equipment. Several contractors began the bidding process but never finished.

Mosque officials said a contractor told them that he needed the work but that the leaders of his own church were against the new Islamic center.

“I had a contractor tell me, ‘I don’t want to get on bad terms with my preacher,'” said Essam Fathy, a member of the Islamic Center’s board of directors.

This isn’t surprising, since it happened in Tennessee, the state whose lieutenant governor once proudly declared that there is no freedom of religion for Muslims in the U.S.

Surely this is the Religion of Love at work, isn’t it? (That’s a little sarcasm, folks.) Way to go, people. Way to go. Your Jesus would have been so proud, I’m sure. Really.

Update (7/18/2012): Last month, local county officials — no doubt driven by Neocrusading furor — brought this project to a halt. But as The Tennessean reports, a federal judge threw a wrench in the Right’s machinery and set it back on track (cached). Not surprisingly, mosque opponents are upset, and claim they were cheated of an opportunity to try to stop the project. This is truly laughable and pathetic, given all they’ve done, for a couple of years now, to try to keep this mosque from being built. These people desperately need to fucking grow the hell up.

Photo credit: CNN Belief Blog.

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  • Dale

    Are you really this naive and ahistorical? Islam is most definitely a grave threat to civilized, freedom loving people everywhere, and your fellow citizens are right to rise up against this mosque. You need to educate yourself on the true nature of Islam and its 1400 year history of imperialist violence.Their goal is to impose their barbaric, misogynistic law, called shariah, worldwide as documented in the Holy Land trials in a Muslim Brotherhood memorandum. Just ask the Copts of Egypt, the Hindus of India, or the Buddhists of Central Asia -oh, wait a minute, there aren't anymore Buddhists in Central Asia, care to guess why? Muslims destroyed them just as they destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan. You, and those of your ilk, need to grasp that Islam is not just a religion, it is an imperialist global project that subjugates those who allow it to take over, a process which is happening rapidly thanks to people like you who cannot seem to think independently and instead blindly accept vacuous multicultural platitudes. I wish the 'Neocrusaders' all the best, and I hope that the fight is not over yet.

    • Do you even have the slightest clue what you're talking about? The victims of Christianity's violent history are legion. Just ask the Balts, the Jews, the Native Americans, and the myriad other folk they harassed and slaughtered all over the world in the name of bringing them all to Jesus. Historically, Christianity is no better than Islam in this regard … and you know it. As for Islam being "an imperialist global project," so too is the Religious Right in the United States.

      You're a fucking hypocrite, but you don't realize it, and have no idea that you're disobeying the instructions of your own Jesus by being a hypocrite. Just go slither back to the comfort of your preacherman and the Koch brothers and stop acting like you know anything — because you don't, you don't even know what your own religion says you should do, much less any other.

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