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"I can see being confused with Scientology, or the thing that Madonna does with the red bracelets, or this whole Justin Bieber craze, certain World Warcraft guilds, Harry Potter book clubs. But I think over 1,400 years and over a billion Twitter followers, Islam’s kind of an accepted religion now.”
The Islamic center's foes are presenting petitions to the Rutherford County Commission tonight. Middle Tennesseans for Religious Freedom is planning a demonstration in favor of the project. Meanwhile, at Murfreesboro's present Islamic center, they've hired a security guard for Friday prayer services, and a security camera constantly pans the grounds.
"I didn't think people would try that hard to oppose something that's in the Constitution," mosque leader Essam Fathy says. "The Islamic center has been here since the early '80s, 12 years in this location. There's nothing different now except it's going to be a little bigger."