"There aren't many here in Murfreesboro yet," she said, "but honey, they're coming."
Hall and Brandon, the mosque's loudest critics, believe they represent the majority opinion of Murfreesboro's 110,000 person community.
A clerk at the Rutherford County's judicial office, who did not want to give her name, said past media reports weren't fair. "Now you be nice when you write an article about us," she said.
Past media reports—and much of the testimony Thursday—described the violence directed at the mosque over the past two years.
Early on, a mosque sign was spray painted with the words "not welcome," and construction equipment was burned.
Attorney Luke Goodrich with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represented the mosque in Thursday's suit, said that "if past is prelude," there could be more problems once the mosque opens.
"Unfortunately it seems like a tiny vocal minority is not going to let these Muslims worship in peace," he said.
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