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Middle TN now the official site of a Mosque

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by ktn4eg, Aug 13, 2012.

  1. ktn4eg

    ktn4eg New Member

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    FWIW, Middle Tennessee is often considered as one of the many areas in the US to rightfully be called "The Buckle of the 'Bible Belt'."

    After all, where else would one find, all in one location (Murfreesboro):
    1) The "Home" of The Sword of the Lord publication;
    2) The Bill Rice Ranch;
    3) John Rice Blvd;
    4) Franklin Road BC?

    Well, move over all you IFB lovers! Murfreesboro is FINALLY also the "Official Home" of the Islamic Center (code for Mosque) of Murfreesboro!

    Here is an article by Steven Hale, writing for The City Paper (not exactly known for being the go-to publication for all local IFB lovers in/around Nashville) that appears on Page 4 of its August 13, 2012, edition:

    MOSQUE OPENING

    After arson, vandalsim, a bomb threat and a two-year court battle, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro was scheduled to open Friday [Aug. 10, 2012] after passing a final inspection from the state fire marshal.

    The center, which has become a flash-point for local and national anti-Muslim sentiment, received a temporary certificate of occupancy, allowing it to open for the last week of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan,

    In May, a Rutherford County judge prohibited the issuance of such a permit, on the grounds that the public was not given sufficient opportunity to comment on construction plans at the center. A federal judge overturned that decision after federal prosecutors filief suit against the county last month.

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    So, there you have it.

    As a bit of additional information on this story, I do recall seeing in The Tennessean newspaper (not exactly noted for its extreme right wing stances on most social issues) for Saturday, August 11, a picture or two of this "Grand Opening" for that same mosque some photos in which Muslims and other "open-minded 'Christians'" were embracing each other with smiles on their faces.
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  2. NaasPreacher (C4K)

    NaasPreacher (C4K) Well-Known Member

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    Good. I am from the Deep South and I am proud that the First Amendment is alive and and well in Middle Tennessee.
     
  3. Magnetic Poles

    Magnetic Poles New Member

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    Wonderful! America IS STILL the land of the free.
     
  4. Aaron

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    Which is why the Muslims chose it. They chose the Temple Mount in Jerusalem for the same reason, and it's why they want a site as close to "ground zero" in New York as they can get it.
     
  5. Ryan.Samples

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    Let me see if I can properly read the tone of the original post.


    -The dripping sarcasm apparently indicates you don't welcome the presence of Muslims in central Tennessee.


    -The suppression of minority religions is now somehow a right wing (am I to read "conservative" and therefore "correct"?) position.


    - A person who professes to love and serve Jesus but who welcomes religious freedom is in fact not a Christian at all.


    Did I miss anything?
     
  6. Magnetic Poles

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    Total rubbish! It is there to serve the Islamic population in and around Murphreesboro. Funny how some Christians cry "persecution" if they cannot use the power of the state to promote their own religion, but would deny to others the basic right to assemble and worship according to their conscience.
     
  7. Aaron

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    Who's denying them anything? It's naive indeed if not a willful ignorance to deny their message.
     
  8. Aaron

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    If there is any religion in the world antithetical to liberty and justice, it's Islam. I don't welcome them at all.
     
  9. Gina B

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    Why would any Christian embrace a false religion known to advocate the death of anyone who agrees with them?

    That's not anything to do with oppressing anyone or wanting to deny someone their freedoms and rights simply because they aren't Christians. It's just plain common sense. We don't want to die and they don't have the right to insist we should die because of our religion and then move next door and expect us to embrace them. But we do? Just how dumb ARE we? Good grief, people! Causing harm to others based on their beliefs is a crime. Why embrace it?

    What next? Let the convicted criminals out of prison because it's their right to live a lifestyle we don't agree with?
     
  10. Magnetic Poles

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    So you equate all Muslims with wanting to kill those who disagree with them. That, Ms. Gina, is a false supposition.
     
  11. Gina B

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    Probably, but with the combination of dead Americans, threats of more terrorism, they way they torture and kill people in countries that are mainly Muslim, and the book they believe in appearing to state non-believers should be put to death, broad-brushing that belief system should be a forgivable offense in a logical comparison of risk vs safety.
     
  12. preachinjesus

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    We have 5 mosques within 20 minutes of where we live.

    We welcome them and see them as pathways for engagement with non-believers. I've been able to develop several relationships with some of their leaders and have been invited to several Ramadan evening meals in the past month. We see these places as ways to take the Gospel to individuals who might not otherwise hear about it.

    I don't understand why Christian people in the United States would oppose the establishment of new religious centers. Though these groups are not believers in Christ we still should permit their assembly.
     
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    If you Bible Belters and everyone else did/do love their neighbors as they love themselves then Islam would not exist. Christianity has failed to convert the world in the same way that Israel failed to convert the world.
     
  14. Gina B

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    That's simply not true. Nobody can force another person to convert, no matter how loving they are.

    Have you ever had an LDS neighbor? They're not even allowed to accept your love, be friends, or let their kids play with yours if they try and fail at converting you to their church.

    Most everyone could do much better than we do, but there's no way to say we'd convert people if we loved them enough. To say such a thing is to say Christ failed, because loving everyone didn't convert everyone and you gotta admit...He did it best and did it perfectly.
     
  15. NaasPreacher (C4K)

    NaasPreacher (C4K) Well-Known Member

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    A serious question Gina - do you think the First Amendment should be repealed or amended to exclude Muslims?
     
  16. Squire Robertsson

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    There have been many over the years who have taken the same position on the building of Baptist meeting houses.
     
  17. Ryan.Samples

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    Where in the world do you get this information about Mormons? I absolutely insist you cite a reference for this claim and I hope it's not "well that's what I heard."
     
  18. Ryan.Samples

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    These two responses go hand in hand. It is amazing how quickly people forget history.
     
  19. Magnetic Poles

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    Again, this is just plain false. I have had, and do have, friends who are LDS. They have not tried to convert me. Some Mormons are more pushy than others, but your broad brush is just not accurate.
     
  20. Gina B

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    From having been one myself.
     
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