Last year, Soledad visted the town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee outside Nashville to report on a local mosque-building controversy. Reminiscent of such occasions as the 2010 "Ground Zero Mosque" outrage in New York, her report prompted the obvious question: What is the state of American tolerance?
A Tennessee judge ruled yesterday that construction of the new Islamic Center of Murfreesboro must be halted because the city wasn't given enough notice of the project, rendering permits invalid.
Saleh Sbenaty, spokesman for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, talks with Soledad about his concerns this morning on "Starting Point."
"We have a church next door, and they have applied thorugh the same process, and they were approved through the same process," Sbenaty says. "I"m not sure why we would be any different. We're just American citizens, as everybody else. Why are we singled out?"
See the rest of the interview in the clip above.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf explains his desire to develop a robust Muslim American culture and discusses the tension between the immigrant Muslim community and second and third generation Muslim Americans. He also talks about his new book "Moving the Mountain: Beyond Ground Zero to a New Vision of Islam in America."