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Murfreesboro mosque response not typical in Tennessee

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The 2-year struggle between the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro and its opponents paints a distorted picture of Muslim life in Tennessee.

Over the same period, new mosques have opened in Memphis, Chattanooga, Nashville and other cities with little or no controversy.

Council on American-Islamic Relations spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said the pattern is similar across the nation, where a few high-profile conflicts mask the fact that many more mosques are built without conflict.

He cited the Park 51 mosque near ground zero in New York City, as well as mosques in Brooklyn, Chicago and Temecula, Calif., as some that have faced significant opposition recently. But, he said, "the vast majority of American Muslims are able to build their mosques in peace."

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