Saturday, September 10, 2011

Mosque Madness in Murfreesboro

The saga of the mosque in Murfreesboro, TN and the efforts by a dedicated band of local bigots to prevent its construction has been playing out for more than a year now, with nary an end in sight. Last time we checked in, the anti-mosque crew had exhausted all legal avenues open to them, but they were promising to soldier on.

But legal arenas aren't the only forum in which this case is being decided -- there's also the court of public opinion, and as Janell Ross at HuffPo explains, that's a venue that's proving just as twisty and tempestuous. There's so much ground covered in her article that I won't try to encapsulate it all, but suffice it to say, this is one of those pieces that makes you feel proud of people's capacity for basic, fundamental decency, and at the same time disgusted by the equally-present capacity for defiant, blatant, belligerence.

That's the human condition in a nutshell, I guess.

By the way, via the article, here's a 25-minute short film by Eric Allen regarding the mosque controversy, a longer version of which is promised for next year:

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