Mosques aren’t roiling just New York. Plans to build a Muslim worship center in Murfreesboro, Tenn., have taken a front seat in two major political races that Tennessee voters will decide Thursday.

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tenn., intends to build a $5 million mosque on a 15-acre plot it purchased last winter, which has sparked intense debates between candidates in the Republican primaries for governor and one of the state’s U.S. House seats.

Lou Ann Zelenik, who seeks the nomination in the Republican-leaning 6th District, strongly opposes the plans and has garnered national attention for calling it an “Islamic training center” and highlighting its links to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

“Religious toleration is the bedrock of our freedom, but no nation is required to extend toleration to religions that preach against public order and safety,” she said. “The two professional politicians in this race are either completely out of touch with our community or too worried about [political] correctness to care.” (More)


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