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-- support for the Muslims of all immersed freeze -- Tennessee but tensions are still running high we're talking arson.
And gunshots to -- -- ZTZ reporter John -- attended a candlelight vigil take a look.
After a heated debate and vocal protest.
A call for calm.
Things have escalated to a point where many of our community members simply don't feel that it.
The group middle tennesseans for religious freedom organize this vigil.
In hopes of quieting what has been -- turbulent few days I just don't understand it I just do not understand it.
The ATF is now investigating what they're calling a suspected arson at the construction site of Murphy's boroughs new mosque.
A large truck was burned in the incident and witnesses believe other vehicles were also targeted I felt so sorry for them.
The people that are just trying to build a place again.
We had tolerance within our community for decision it would be happening you know and small that part of that -- -- just accept each other for who we are.
But -- being the group gathers by candlelight outside the Rutherford county courthouse calling for nonviolence.
You don't know anything here but even this event was attended by people who don't want the mosque.
The spokesperson for the Islamic center of Murfreesboro tells us local Muslims are frightened.
But still encouraged by an event like this the amount of supporters that turn out and match it give us their support it really shows what a great place -- it.
And while investigators are not calling the suspected arson terrorism or a hate crime -- I -- believes it's clear.
That I feel that it's some -- that takes time you know where there has to do with -- -- just.
Someone being hateful I -- I feel personally -- a hate crime.
The tensions are certainly high in Murfreesboro but leaders on both sides of the mosque controversy tell fox seventeen news.
Violence has no place in this debate.
Protests at the ground zero mosque -- people upset about the Murfreesboro mosque is America Islam -- let's welcome back from Chicago Ahmed rehab.
On the council from the Council On American Islamic Relations -- go ahead.
Is America Islam phobic.
I think America has an Islam -- will be -- problem and it's on the rise.
I'm glad to see the segment and what really tells us is that the conflict is not between Muslims and non Muslims but rather.
Between level level minded Americans that believe in the pluralism of this country.
And scare mongers -- the other hand.
You know on your show not too long ago.
You were holding up diagrams of this very same -- was attacked -- you know by this arsonist and -- pointing at different aspects of the land as if it was some battlefield.
But I think you can't attach this kind of historical frenzy that is on the media.
Airwaves and people reacting -- on the ground you have to be careful about how you talk about these issues so as not to -- the ignorant.
Well OK just.
Indefensible of our show we are pointing out the Murfreesboro mosque and in the proximity to it I believe there's a -- very nearby that that -- don't.
The -- are you Islam -- Now you know -- that scares me is honestly scares me is the right wing nuts that are gonna watch the TV.
And they're gonna react and do stupid things -- set mosques on fire which I'm totally against people have the right to religion I appreciate -- -- another point my point is trying to segregate before.
And -- need to be mean -- you.
But trying to segregate before.
We're the the sound Muslims the people believe in love failing global legally and yes what it -- to -- walk and then hosting Blogosphere -- so it's okay Murfreesboro but it's not okay grounds it's a little different as far as I'm concerned.
This is like I said a great -- down there it wouldn't Murphy's -- -- be honest with you wherever it is to me I don't have any problem model and done you know what.
We we can only do this for so many months portray Muslims as terrorists ask questions without any basis whatsoever but in insinuating town and do that yet there -- what we wanna help you you can only -- -- -- -- we're sure Rio written and let.
But what revelers are before some three -- -- for a key in Murfreesboro decides to telecast so yeah.
-- Here's the difference I mean mr.
Correa told talked about -- -- broke.
We have this picture -- yours well.
You take this one right here -- the grounds it's a little different in the Murfreesboro it is Pittsburgh it was a nice little you know diagram what was -- -- -- This is a real shot this is -- days after nine elevenths happened right there at the -- -- -- proposed mosque.
One -- one instruction in the year different launch.
Don't know it is tomorrow what guys were recently up the mosque I mean they're there is a strip bar in that very same proximity there is -- -- There are churches and synagogues why the -- has -- red -- why is that the problem I think -- and no one singling out a mosque in particular I don't think this is about strip bars or anything else it's about religious -- singling out tomorrow updates about religious freedoms it's about the ability to practice that now the question was about Islam -- I think we should be society which respects religion respects the difference is that people have -- religions.
And can get together you know Rodney King said once upon a time can't we all just get along that's what we should all practice I think and just missed the rehab an in depth and -- -- and I respect completely your point of view what you're trying to say.
I'm just saying at this particular time there are intense emotions there are major wounds I don't think salt should be added -- -- and jump and the I think it's about sensitivities as we said just because she can't doesn't mean that she -- and I think that dot.
That everybody got to wake up and and be sensitive to the sensitivities of up to 71%.
That are against it.
What things that are happening in Tennessee.
I might just become the norm rather than the exception it and and.
I thought that I find that statement certain deeply troubling that -- -- people -- and her surrender their rights and and are allowed to be bullied by the majority that the consequence will be more physical it.
Which -- put to good.
The -- yeah.
In the real world when real world victory -- a lot of cuts noting.
Don't run a beautiful would -- -- -- -- -- have a press conference say we respect you Americans that were killed on 9/11 we are going to put mosque up a big beautiful cultural set the -- but we will respect the people of the area that won't make one nearby and we respect them and we -- -- They love America -- -- -- -- -- -- okay.
Let's zoom out for second -- two groups here one that believes that Islam is the war with American vice -- -- that -- Qaeda they're violent they're against us the other group.
Led by people like this -- are trying to -- the place of dialogue understanding he's going to have a memorial for the victims of nine elevenths in that very center.
This whole project is about talking.
Q fellow Americans about our collective fate as Americans under the constitution.
The pro American initiative we're gonna labor at thank you very much -- Ahmed rehab for joining us today.
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