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Murfreesboro mosque hearing gets heated in courthouse hallway

25 March 2014 General 18 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
Mosque opponent Lou Ann Zelenick

Mosque opponent Lou Ann Zelenick

Murfreesboro mosque hearing gets heated in courthouse hallway


The battle over a cemetery being planned at a Murfreesboro mosque didn’t end when Monday’s hearing did. Afterwards, a heated confrontation erupted in a courthouse hallway involving supporters and opponents.

The board of zoning appeals approved the cemetery in January, but opponents were seeking an injunction Monday, hoping to stop the cemetery at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro from moving forward. They claim there is standing water at the site and traffic concerns.

But the shocker came when a motion asking Judge Robert Corlew III to recuse himself was granted.

“We’ll go to another judge because the Islamic center didn’t think Judge Corlew could give them a fair trial. I think it was sad today for all the people took off work to be here,” said mosque opponent Lou Ann Zelenick.

Emotions were high following the hearing, as mosque opponents claimed a student journalist from the University of Maryland was secretly recording even though she had been right alongside other members of the media in the public courthouse.

“You’re really inciting work. It’s scary what you’re doing,” Zelenick said.

“The level of emotion in this case has been high throughout, and I think that spilled over after the judge decided to step down,” said attorney John Green, who is representing the mosque.

The plaintiffs have 15 days to appeal the judge’s ruling or can wait on the clerk of the court to appoint a new judge.

Copyright 2014 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.


  1. Wow. Lou Ann Zelenik is a freaking lunatic.

  2. The girl was standing in plain view with the other media… and accused of secretly recording the goings on? Good grief.

  3. I’m not surprised. Southerners are notoriously prejudice.

  4. I bet some of these people will also be arguing ‘freedom of religion’ when it comes to denying women contraception coverage!

  5. There are indeed prejudiced people everywhere. I would agree with Kate, however, that Southerners on the whole are more vocally blunt about their prejudices than people in other parts of the country. Good or bad? I guess it depends, as Malcolm X once said, on whether you’d rather be eaten by the wolf or the fox.

  6. Eee Haw! The South will rise again. Someday. Maybe. If all the shallow, ignorant, narrow-minded bigots die off. And if they don’t have any kids. And if they outlaw the Klan. And stop flying the Stars and Bars. It’s not even a real part of the country.

  7. Why are “traffic concerns” always one of the cited reasons people have when they object anything a masjid is doing -whether it’s being built or adding on or even adding a cemetery. Do these people seriously think that a community this small is going to have continuous funeral processions? *facepalm*

    I feel for our brothers and sisters in Murfreesboro. There are a lot of non-Muslms there who support the masjid, but we only hear from the vocal, wealthy opponents of it.

  8. LOL they be afraid of a Muslim zombie apocalypse hahaha..

  9. I recognized the hijabi journalism student – she was one of the people in the special that was done about the Murfreesboro masjid when they were in the process of building it and their construction equipment and sign were vandalized.

  10. Dude. “You came in. I know what you were doing. So… You’re inciting work. It’s really scary what you’re doing.” *facepalm* “Inciting work”? What does that even mean? That you’ll have to work harder to discredit a 20-year-old college student as being the “evil other”?

  11. Plot twist: One of the opponents goes to the masjid, is treated kindly by the Muslims there, learns about Islam, and becomes Muslim. Can I get an “InshAllah”? 🙂

  12. So Islam “is not a religion”? Interesting.

  13. Any public place or official who doesn’t want a camera around them should always be doubted

  14. I have no patience for xenophobes. They are a detriment to mankind.

  15. I’m in!

  16. Almost every time I see a post like this I feel morally obligate to apologize for this chick’s ignorence.

  17. Embarrassing example of American bigotry to our Muslim friends. So much for the love of Jesus!

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