Schermerhorn mosque turns out to be hoax - WKRN News 2

Schermerhorn mosque turns out to be hoax

Posted: Updated: July 2, 2013 9:57 AM

Schermerhorn officials are working to find out who is behind a Web site claiming the symphony center will become home to the Al Hussein Music City Islamic Center in November 2013.

According to the Schermerhorn, they first were notified of the Web site's claims on Friday.

The Web site claims the Al Hussein Music City Islamic Center would offer five daily prayers, a weekend youth school and services in multiple languages.

The languages would include English, Arabic and Somali.

The Web site does not list a phone number or contact information for the leadership of the forthcoming mosque.

Over the weekend, as word spread via social media about the mosque, a Facebook page was created titled "100,000 Strong to Stop the Schermerhorn Mosque."

The page had 34 likes and showed a planned protest march in August.

"The Schermerhorn Symphony Center is the home of Nashville Symphony and will continue to be used for musical concerts and special presentations that our artistic management contracts to host, in our venue," Schermerhorn spokeswoman Laurie Davis said in an email.

Near the symphony center Nashvillians who had not heard the rumor were surprised that someone would set up a Web site to suggest the center would become an Islamic Center.

"I am not sure about that," Metral Smith said. "It is beautiful and a great place to come hear a concert we just enjoy coming it is a good place to visit."

A new Nashville resident who did not want to be identified added he already knows how important the center is to residents.

"It brings a lot of people into Nashville because of the arts and the culture," he said.

Schermerhorn officials are investigating the origin of the Web site. The person who bought the domain name concealed their identity.

The symphony center was in the process of being foreclosed on by Bank of America, but Martha Ingram provided money to help stave off an auction and promote negotiations with the bank.

In the end, the lender withdrew the foreclosure notice and the auction was averted.

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