The attempt to hold up construction over a proposed mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee has gotten new life, as fourteen new plaintiffs sign onto the suit. The fourteen men and woman joining the suit all live near the proposed site, and are claiming that having an Islamic mosque and community center in their neighborhood would make them unable to enjoy their own land and cause them “extreme emotional distress,” violating their right to happiness.
The new plaintiffs join three current plaintiffs, all of whom have questionable standing to sue, according to defense lawyers involved with the case.
The Daily News Journal reports:
Brandon and Smith filed new motions Tuesday arguing that all 17 plaintiffs have standing when it comes to the proposed ICM building. They contend that Fisher has standing because he’s an African American Christian who’d be discriminated against and subjugated as a second-class citizen under Shariah law and be denied his civil rights; Moore has standing because she’s a Jewish female who’s targeted in a Muslim call to kill Jews in “jihad” in support of Palestine and as a woman whose rights would be subordinate to those of men in Shariah law; and Golczynski, who lost a son killed while serving in the U.S. Marines in a combat in Fallujah, Iraq, by insurgents pursuing jihad as dictated by Shariah law.
The plaintiffs’ attorneys also stand by the other 14 plaintiffs who joined the case because they live near the proposed ICM building.
The document goes on to say that all such Shariah teaching and practices will interfere with the plaintiffs’ use and enjoyment of their land and cause them extreme emotional distress, which discriminates against them and denies them their civil rights to equal protection.
The construction of the mosque and community center has been plagued by issues ever since ground was broken, with attempted arson, vandalism, and even plans to ask the city to stop it via zoning laws. Earlier, plaintiffs tried to sue by stating that the mosque wasn’t a religious institution because Islam isn’t actually a religion. The Department of Justice rejected that claim.