Tennessee mosque long subject of controversy defaced again


A Tennessee mosque that has been the subject of years of controversy and vandalism has been defaced again. The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro's spokesman Salah Sbenaty tells The Daily News Journal that the incident occurred overnight Sunday. Green graffiti messages with expletives were spray-painted on a side door, on the back of the building and on an outdoor basketball court. Messages were spelled out using bacon, and bacon was wrapped around an exterior door. Muslims don't eat pork. A small facility housed the center before a county judge approved construction on a new one in May 2010. Opponents sued the county to try to halt construction, but the facility opened in August 2012. The center has endured public protests, vandalism, arson of a construction vehicle and a bomb threat.