Mosques around the country are facing resistance similar to the opposition against a proposed Islamic center near ground zero in New York, but the anger and fear is a little sharper.
At a recent demonstration against a planned mosque in the Nashville suburb of Murfreesboro, detractors wore "Vote for Jesus'' T-shirts and held signs that read "No Sharia law for USA!,'' referring to the Islamic code of law.
In Temecula, Calif., opponents of a proposed mosque brought dogs to a prayer service.
Experts say the opposition is stirred by fear in communities that are watching recent immigrants begin to settle in with permanent places of worship.
Islamic leaders and an academic study say mosques prevent radicalization among Muslims.
Published at 3:36 PM EDT on Aug 8, 2010 | Updated at 4:07 PM EDT on Aug 17, 2010