The Common Good

'Love your Muslim neighbors' billboard erected in Murfreesboro

Date: September 24, 2012

A new billboard went up Monday in Rutherford County that's aimed at a controversy that has divided the county. Against a plain background that fills up the advertising space are four words that say, "Love Your Muslim Neighbors." The sign on the Lamar Advertising billboard on Hwy 231 by the E. E. Miller overpass went up shortly after 9 a.m. Monday.

The space was bought last month by Sojourners, a group out of Washington DC that calls itself a network of "social justice Christians." In announcing the billboard in a statement, Sojourners said, "In light of the recent acts of violence and vandalism against religious minorities across the country, Sojourners is calling on Christians to stand up against the hatred."

Last month, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro opened the first phase of a mosque constructed just outside the Murfreesboro city limits in Rutherford County.