The Department of Justice has lately filed a brief taking its stance in support of the construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, TN.
The main points in the DOJ brief were:
- Islam is a religion and is therefore entitled to protection under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
- The United States recognizes Islam as a world religion.
- A mosque is a place of worship, and US federal law is obligated to treat it as it would a church or synogogue.
- The DOJ is committed to protecting the rights of freedom of religion of Americans of all faiths.
However a small group of radicalized bigots has continued to oppose the construction of the new mosque.
Though an existing mosque has been operating on the premises, attendance has outgrown its capacity and a new project has been proposed.
Regretfully, those opposed to new construction have terrorized the mosque congregants by desecrating the building with slurs and even resorting to arson which incinerated construction equipment.
The fear being spread in Murfreesboro’s Muslim community by these scare tactics was articulated by Camie Ayash, a mosque attendant, in her interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Ayash recalled wearing her hijab around town, running errands, shopping for groceries, however since then she has been receiving at least one threatening phone call or voicemail a week about the mosque.
“Back then, I felt so proud to put it on,” she said. “Now I’m afraid. If I wear this, am I a target?“
Dr. Essam Fathy, a resident of Murfreesboro for 30 years, shared some of the ludicrous allegations floating about, “There were a lot of Muslims here years ago as there are now, and we have all lived in peace for years, but something lately has changed in my town. I’ve never seen aggression like this. It’s reached an absurdity that I just don’t know how to react to anymore.”
“I hear people say things to me, just out and about, rumors about how we’re going to build a terrorist training camp, that’s what the gym will be used for.”
Camie Ayash had this to say regarding the disgraceful treatment being meted out to Muslims by Murfreesboro bigots.
“My parents think it’s sad what’s going on. If they taught me to look around, to challenge people, ask more questions, I guess I’d ask the people here in Murfreesboro, ‘Is this how you treat your neighbors?‘”
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