Any case in Tennessee in which local or state laws were used to try to prevent the building of a mosque based on the content of their belief system would wind up inevitably in the Supreme Court. The First and Fourteenth Amendments to The Constitution would apply.
Based on what I've read the SC has ruled consistently that religions can't be banned based on the content of their belief. However, the court has also ruled that religious practices of a group can be regulated within certain parameters.
The Church of Santeria (if it can be called a church) was allowed to continue to practice animal sacrifice as a part of their worship. The SC ruled against a municipality that had sought to ban their use of that practice.
But, the SC also ruled in favor of a law that the prohibited the Native American Church from the use of peyote in their religious practices.
Decisions vary depending on the particulars.
My position on Islam formed over several events. I lived in DC in 1977 when the Hanafi Muslims attacked, and 1979 when the Iranian "students" burned the American flag. I lived in San Francisco when terrorists bomb the Bank Melli Iran there. I started paying attention to the Islamic violence in Italy about the same time.
Is no *bleeping* way the folks of Tennessee are not aware of the dangers of allowing this Mosque to be built against their wishes.
Most evenings before going to bed, I check out Jihad Watch. If any in here who have not checked it out, and have the time to do so, I think you'll find it a very interesting read.
I find it to be a very useful, up to date source of information on what is going on in our world re the so-called "Religion of Peace" as so many naively, believe it to be.
ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch.
He is also a weekly columnist for Human Events and FrontPage Magazine, and has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group, the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the U.S. intelligence community.
To read more about him click here:
Be sure not to miss the "Frequently Asked Questions" of him on same page.
~ ABC (now quietly stepping away from my soap box on one of my most passionate interests.) :o
Oh Rats! ... forgot to mention that many of the comments following the articles on the site are also very informative and worth reading. Not all, but most.
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You should also check out Andrew Bostom's blog for similar scholarship.
Thank you ... had no problem finding it.
*Now* will probably be up 'til all hours reading it tonight! :D
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