HORN LAKE’s elected leaders have given a commanding thumbs down to what would have been the city’s first mosque, mainly because of concerns that the mosque would install amplifiers to blast the loud and offensive Muslim Call to Prayer five times a day, EVERYDAY, starting at dawn.
WREG A Memphis business owner had applied to build the mosque on a vacant plot of land on Church Road between Horn Lake and Fogg Roads — a stretch of road with at least three churches. But city planners rejected plans for the mosque in February, and Tuesday night, aldermen voted 5-1 to uphold that decision.
Alderman John Jones cited concerns about additional traffic, possible noise ordinance violations and even potential fire hazards. Residents had previously expressed concerns that the mosque might install loudspeakers to call worshippers to prayer.
“Horn Lake High School’s less than three miles from here. I would sure hate to see our students over there having to hear these speakers,” said one man. “They said they are not going to do that, but there are lawsuits all over the U.S. where they have built them and they continue to do the noise,” Jones said.
Others expressed concern about having a mosque in their neighborhood. “By the grapevine, I hear they’re not subject to our laws, they’re subject to their laws,” said Charles Elmore at a February planning commission meeting.