Only a couple of decades ago Tennessee was a largely homogeneous Southern State. Christianity was the near universal religion and the vast majority of the people were White Southerners. Today, thanks to the immigration policies of the US Federal Government, all of that has changed. Large numbers of immigrants from the Third World have poured into the Volunteer State. Some of these immigrants are currently building a large mosque in Murfreesboro. A great deal of opposition has surfaced against the building of the mosque and though it is nearly complete at this point, some locals continue to do what they can to oppose it. Blake Farmer has the story for NPR:
The first minarets in Murfreesboro, Tenn., are about to be placed atop a new mosque. But when construction is complete on the newIslamic Center of Murfreesboro, located about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, no one will get to move in.
An ongoing court battle has stalled the project, one of several Islamic centers around the country that, like the so-called ground zero mosque, have encountered resistance from local communities.
…What has become a dispute about open meetings started out as an attempt by mosque opponents to put the religion of Islam on trial. The main criticism from attorney Joe Brandon Jr. has been about Shariah law, the ancient set of rules laid out in the Quran and followed to varying degrees by Muslims.
“We don’t want Shariah law. We don’t want a Constitution-free zone in Rutherford County, Tenn.,” says Brandon, who considers the implementation of Shariah law in Murfreesboro “a probability.”
…Plucking a six-string banjo, Robert Godsey waits for his wife on a bench under a century-old sycamore tree. It’s an idyllic scene he fears may slip away with the growing Muslim population.
“Islam may have a certain religious component to it,” Godsey says, “But it also has a political component to it that is bent on domination through violence and armed jihad. Can’t people see that?”
But Patti Smotherman, another Murfreesboro resident, says the Tennessee town’s reputation for Southern hospitality has been tarnished by a vocal minority. “It’s not anti-Muslim,” she says. “It’s anti-Murfreesboro to be so rude.”
Of course, what Patti Smotherman fails to realise is that Southern hospitality is a product of the Southern people. Different peoples create different kinds of cultures. If the Southern people are replaced in an area (as they have been in Miami, much of Charlotte, northern Virginia, large portions of Texas and many other parts of the South) then Southern hospitality will be a thing of the past. Do not the Southern people have a right exist in their own territory? Don’t they have a right to preserve their ethnicity and culture? Is not the US policy – which has resulted in the ethnic cleansing of Southerners from many areas of the South – immoral?