TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Nov 23, 2016

The Islamic Center of Nashville is battling with the state over whether the center’s lawsuit seeking a retroactive tax exemption is a valid federal case, the Tennessean reports. The state argues that since the suit disputes a state tax law it should be brought in state court. The mosque says it filed the case in federal court because the state law violates federal law and the constitution by restricting religion. The issue arose when the mosque negotiated a special banking agreement to pay for construction of a school without paying interest.