Sheriff training on Islam led by mosque foe

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A former FBI agent who claimed that Nashville mosques do not have First Amendment rights is providing training to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office about Islam and terrorist threats.

The Tennessean reported that John Guandolo, vice president of the Arlington, Va.,-based Strategic Engagement Group, is leading the training being held at the World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro.

During an anti-Shariah law conference in Madison last year, Guandolo said local mosques were front organizations for the Muslim Brotherhood and had no First Amendment rights.

Sheriff Robert Arnold said they want to learn about Muslim culture and they are not here "to pick sides." A Muslim organization has raised questions about the nature of the training.

Guandolo did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment on Wednesday.

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