Rutherford Co. Planning Commission votes to appeal mosque ruling

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- Rutherford County's Planning Commission has voted to appeal a ruling that voided their approval of a new mosque.

The Daily News Journal reports the commission voted for the appeal 6-1 at its Monday meeting.

On May 29, a judge ruled that the county did not sufficiently publicize the meeting where the mosque was approved. He implied that extra steps were needed because the mosque was controversial.

The county argued in court that it used the same procedure it always does in advertising the meeting.

At Monday's meeting, Commissioner Will Jordan said the judge was asking the commission to discriminate against the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro by treating it differently from a neighboring Baptist church.

The County Commission will discuss on Thursday whether to join the appeal.

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