U.S. disputes claim that Islam is invalid faith

Islam is a valid religion that is entitled to constitutional protection, says a U.S. attorney who stepped into a debate about a proposed mosque and Islamic center in Tennessee.

"To suggest that Islam is not a religion is quite simply ridiculous," said U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin of Nash­ville in a statement October 18. "Each branch of the federal government has independently recognized Islam as one of the major religions of the world."

Martin's statement comes after a group of landowners in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, filed suit to stop construction of a 52,000-square-foot mosque and Muslim community center in Rutherford County.

Opponents questioned Islam's validity as a religion that's entitled to First Amendment protection. They also claimed that county officials did not inform the public in advance of the county commission meeting at which the plans for the center were approved.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a brief in the lawsuit warning Ruther­ford County officials that refusing to recognize Islam as a religion and denying Muslims religious land use rights would violate civil rights laws.

"A mosque is quite plainly a place of worship, and the county rightly recognized that it had an obligation to treat mosques the same as churches, synagogues or any other religious assemblies," said Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights, in a statement from the Department of Justice.

Federal officials are continuing an arson investigation at the site of the proposed Islamic center after construction equipment was set ablaze in August.  —RNS

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HISTORY

APPARENTLY, THE ATTORNEY (WHOSE NAME IS NOT MENTIONED HERE) KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT THE PRINCIPLES AND POLITICAL & MILITARY HISTORY OF ISLAM.

THIS ATTORNEY SHOULD HAVE DONE SOME REAL RESEARCH ON THIS BEFORE MAKING THIS VERY FOOLISH DECISION!

History

As a Christian Protestant pastor I stand shoulder to shoulder with my Muslim brothers and sisters in unity against ignorance, intolerance and fear. The ignorance displayed by "Anonymous" speaks to the irrational condemnation of the Muslim faith.

Amen.

Amen.

REASON

Apparently you've allowed fear to control you. What you "seem" (and I use that term loosely) describing is the extremist factions of Islam. By that same tactic your annoying logical fallacy has failed to even address the principles and political and military history of Christianity (and other religions) whose history has been just as bloody and full of its own injustices in the name of Christ. But to let some extremist ideologies in a religion and errors of SOME people sully an entire religion and a group of people is the foolish conclusion to come to here.

To illustrate by example the ideal you have so blindly asserted, we should protest Christian churches because of the Militant Christian Nationalists and Extremist Christians that are so heavily present in America.

And your argument "REAL RESEARCH" I hear people spouting off all the time and the like rhetoric "SEE THE LIGHT!" "DO YOUR HOMEWORK!" "TURN YOUR EYES TO TRUTH"

Heh, I rather remember that God told us to question him and think rationally with our reasonable minds. That's the truth, that's justice.

REASON

Apparently you've allowed fear to control you. What you "seem" (and I use that term loosely) describing is the extremist factions of Islam. By that same tactic your annoying logical fallacy has failed to even address the principles and political and military history of Christianity (and other religions) whose history has been just as bloody and full of its own injustices in the name of Christ. But to let some extremist ideologies in a religion and errors of SOME people sully an entire religion and a group of people is the foolish conclusion to come to here.

To illustrate by example the ideal you have so blindly asserted, we should protest Christian churches because of the Militant Christian Nationalists and Extremist Christians that are so heavily present in America.

And your argument "REAL RESEARCH" I hear people spouting off all the time and the like rhetoric "SEE THE LIGHT!" "DO YOUR HOMEWORK!" "TURN YOUR EYES TO TRUTH"

Heh, I rather remember that God told us to question him and think rationally with our reasonable minds. That's the truth, that's justice.

REASON

Apparently you've allowed fear to control you. What you "seem" (and I use that term loosely) describing is the extremist factions of Islam. By that same tactic your annoying logical fallacy has failed to even address the principles and political and military history of Christianity (and other religions) whose history has been just as bloody and full of its own injustices in the name of Christ. But to let some extremist ideologies in a religion and errors of SOME people sully an entire religion and a group of people is the foolish conclusion to come to here.

To illustrate by example the ideal you have so blindly asserted, we should protest Christian churches because of the Militant Christian Nationalists and Extremist Christians that are so heavily present in America.

And your argument "REAL RESEARCH" I hear people spouting off all the time and the like rhetoric "SEE THE LIGHT!" "DO YOUR HOMEWORK!" "TURN YOUR EYES TO TRUTH"

Heh, I rather remember that God told us to question him and think rationally with our reasonable minds. That's the truth, that's justice.

There's good AND bad in ALL religions

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/22/exhibit-albanian-muslims-saved-...

Research? Do it yourself.

If all you know of Islam is what television and anti-Islamic books tell you, then you are absolutely right. And the same is true for Muslims who only know Christianity from what their television and anti-Christian books tell them: they think Christianity is a moneygrubbing religious veneer to promote violence, war and capitalism.

You want to do "research"? Then read all sides. Work with Muslims. Become friends with them. Eat meals with them. Then you will recognize that, just like Christians or Jews, 99% of them are against violence, and are just trying to make a good living and provide for their families.

Any other perspective is NOT based in reality. You DO NOT KNOW what you are talking about.

REASON

Apparently you've allowed fear to control you. What you "seem" (and I use that term loosely) describing is the extremist factions of Islam. By that same tactic your annoying logical fallacy has failed to even address the principles and political and military history of Christianity (and other religions) whose history has been just as bloody and full of its own injustices in the name of Christ. But to let some extremist ideologies in a religion and errors of SOME people sully an entire religion and a group of people is the foolish conclusion to come to here.

To illustrate by example the ideal you have so blindly asserted, we should protest Christian churches because of the Militant Christian Nationalists and Extremist Christians that are so heavily present in America.

And your argument "REAL RESEARCH" I hear people spouting off all the time and the like rhetoric "SEE THE LIGHT!" "DO YOUR HOMEWORK!" "TURN YOUR EYES TO TRUTH"

Heh, I rather remember that God told us to question him and think rationally with our reasonable minds. That's the truth, that's justice.

History

I too, as a Protestant music minister, stand in support with our Muslim brothers and sisters. It is this profound ignorance of history that contributes to vile theology.

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