|Kevin Fisher: "Muslims saying they're like blacks is offensive"|
The article continues: "In the Nashville area, the Muslim population has grown to 20,000 to 25,000, fueled by the arrival of Somalis fleeing strife and the federal government's decision to resettle Iraqi refugees there after the Persian Gulf War. Central Tennessee is now home to the country's largest population of Iraqi Kurds. The community has outgrown its four mosques, where men often have to pray in the parking lots because of the crowds, leaders say."
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The article continues about the Tennessee controversy: "'So many things about Islam are disconcerting,' Fisher said. 'As they get bigger, there will be concerns about the ideology, what they preach and what they believe.' Fisher, who is African American, chafes when the mosque's supporters 'dial up the rhetoric from the '60s' to attack opponents by accusing them of bigotry against Muslims. 'It's offensive to me,' he said. His stepmother 'was dragged off restaurant stools in the 1960s and has cigarette burns in her arm. That's discrimination.'"
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