From Stephen George, who's been covering the shenanigans over the so-called "Murfreesboro mosque" for the City Paper and Scene:
After a trial that stretched more than two months and devolved into what many spectators called a circus that garnered international attention and ridicule, Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew denied plaintiffs' request for a temporary injunction Wednesday afternoon.
The ruling means the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro can continue in the first phase of its project to build a 52,900-square-foot mosque and community center on Veals Road in Rutherford County, just outside Murfreesboro.
Corlew heard closing arguments Wednesday morning. Tom Smith, an attorney for the plaintiffs, alleged that the Murfreesboro congregation — which has been practicing in the same place, which it contends it has outgrown, for three decades — has ties with Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist organizations. He said again and again that "the shadow of Sharia Law" had crept into Murfreesboro via the congregation's site-plan permit proceedings, which his side alleged were improperly held outside public purview.
That's how Sharia Law works, folks. It starts with site-plan permit proceedings, and before you know it they're challenging traffic citations and asking for zoning variances.