Probably once the plaintiffs started arguing that Islam doesn't have the same Constitutional protections as Christianity, it was inevitable that the Feds would weigh in. The City Paper reported this morning:
Middle Tennessee U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin this morning announced plans to make a filing "in relation to the case" today in Rutherford's Chancery Court today. The announcement did not say what position the government would take in regard to the lawsuit.
The court filing is now available. As you might have guessed, the Federal Government believes Islam is a religion and, as such, deserves the same legal standing as any other religion.
There are two particularly interesting things in the brief. One is that, if the Plaintiffs get their way, Rutherford County would risk being in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which would mean more lawsuits and your tax money being spent so that we can lose this at the Federal level. Thanks, Plaintiffs.
Second, if the Plaintiffs get their way, if they get the court to decide that Islam is not a religion, it would limit the Department of Justice's ability to prosecute the arsonists at the Murfreesboro site under the Church Arson Prevention Act, which would be mighty convenient for those arsonists. Maybe they should send the Plaintiffs flowers.
So, basically, the Feds say Islam is a religion and has always been considered a religion by the Federal Government, since the founding of our country and that mucking around now, trying to declare one of the Big Three monotheist religions an un-religion has widespread and negative repercussions.