Murfreesboro mosque celebrates official opening

Over the two years of construction, mosque members faced threats and arson. A lawsuit that sought to prevent the building from opening is under appeal.

FILE - In a Thursday, June 21, 2012 file photo, a worker walks out of the construction site of a mosque being built in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has celebrated its official opening with food and fellowship.

The Daily News Journal reports guests on Sunday included U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jerry Martin and U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas Perez.

The Rev. Joseph Breen, a Catholic priest from Nashville, also joined the celebration. He said it was important to support the freedom to worship because if it can be taken away from some people, it can be taken from everyone.

Over the two years of construction, mosque members faced threats and arson. A lawsuit that sought to prevent the building from opening is under appeal.

Worshippers first began using the new mosque in August, but it was not furnished and the landscaping was incomplete.


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