The North American Religious Liberty Association (NARLA) recently added its signature to a letter supporting the right of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro -- on an equal basis with any other type of religion -- to build a house of worship and to use its own property for religious exercise. Since seeking approval to build in 2010, the Center has endured a two-year long campaign of protest and violence.
NARLA joined a diverse group of over 100 religious organizations in defense of the group's right to practice their faith.
"No congregation should have its religious freedom threatened simply because of its neighbors disapproval of its religious tenets," said Melissa Reid, executive director of NARLA. "As advocates for liberty of conscience, we need to not only allow, but protect, our fellow man's freedom of belief."
The sign on letter was composed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a public interest law firm which was retained as counsel by the mosque in order to complete the building process by the beginning of Ramandan. Click here for the Nashville Judge's response to that request, and to follow further developments in the story.