Herman Cain: Americans Should Have the Right to Ban Mosques

With Texas Governor Rick Perry’s evangelical prayer rally ever-approaching, it’s a little boggling to hear from another GOP politician that Americans should have the right to ban mosques in their communities because Islam is the only religion that attempts to “combine church and state.”  But that’s exactly what presidential candidate Herman Cain told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” saying that he supported the citizens of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, who were trying to prevent a large mosque from being built in their town.

“Let’s go back to the fundamental issue,” Cain told Wallace. “Islam is both a religion and a set of laws — Sharia laws. That’s the difference between any one of our traditional religions where it’s just about religious purposes.”  He continued, saying that Muslims use “the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it. They disagree with it.”  You can watch the video here.

In a campaign appearance in Murfreesboro last week, Cain explained, “This isn’t an innocent mosque…This is another way to sneak Shariah law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that.”

Cain made waves in March when he declared that he would not be comfortable appointing Muslims in his administration.  Now, his Islamophobia has reached new heights, demonstrating a total lack of knowledge about the religion or any self-awareness about the history of Christianity in the United States.  As a Baptist preacher who has affirmed that he is “following God’s plan,” in running for president it is highly ironic – and offensive – for Cain to claim that Islam is unique in its ability to mix politics and religion.

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Tommy S.
Tommy S5 years ago

@ William Y
The Washington Times 12th July 2011 http://goo.gl/MXFpJ
Quote...."Now it seems the Army has embraced Maj. Hasan's position in an incredible decision made last month by the secretary of the Army to grant conscientious objector status to Pfc. Naser Abdo. He is a 21-year-old soldier, a member of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., who refused to deploy to Afghanistan, claiming that Shariah law prevented him from killing other Muslims."...Unquote

Seems like its ok to kill Christians Jews Hindus etc etc

Tommy S.
Tommy S5 years ago

@William Y
I appreciate what you say-but you are still giving opinions on islam based on muslims you know.eg muslim good...islam good.This could not be further from the truth
Perhaps if you understood islam you would be aware of the dualism contained in it
When islam is weak (or outnumbered) muslims follow "Meccan islam"which is peaceful and agreeable etc.,etc.,
but as islam increases in numbers and becomes stronger it changes to "Medinan islam"
After 13 years preaching peace in Mecca mohammed had 150 followers when he removed to Medina and introduced violence then islam grew almost overnight.. the peaceful Meccan islam is abrogated by the violent Medinan verses yet both are true because alla said so and muslims have no problem with this

A muslim that does not follow sharia is an apostate- but in the religion it is mandated to lie if it advances islam. A muslims loyalties can only be to the umma no matter what he/she tells a nonmuslim

Tommy S.
Tommy S5 years ago

This reply given on another thread but the cross posting is necessary
To answer many questions we must look to a Mufti (Sunni Islamic scholar who is an interpreter or expounder of Islamic law (Sharia)) and quote....It is wrong to say that Islam teaches us to respect the religious beliefs of non-Muslims. To respect the beliefs of others means to respect kufr and shirk. This is totally unacceptable... &. it is not permissible for pray for the forgiveness of a non-Muslim.&..---A religious Muslim government aims to safeguard its public from physical as well as moral and spiritual danger; therefore, such a government will permit the execution of homosexuals for both forced and consensual sodomy....&... As Muslims, our pledge of allegiance is only to Allah and His Rasul (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). However,as Muslims in a non-Muslim state, we are obliged to follow the laws of the country which are not contrary to Shari'ah As Muslims, we are duty bound to follow our lives strictly according to Shari?ah. Hence, we are not allowed to
obey anybody if it is resulting in the disobedience of the Creator
Does this run contrary to western democracy

William Y.
William Y5 years ago

@ Tommy S. not one Muslim, but many that I had contact with, here (Massachusetts), in Texas, Korea, Vietnam, Australia & Germany. Those in Korea & Vietnam were fellow soldiers, the rest were civilians, many who left their own countries because of the Fascist regimes there.
The first Muslim I ever met , Musa Ali (he preferred to be called Moses), was my barber when I was 6 to 7 years old, before he closed in Barber shop and opened up a convenience store. Most of his customers were Christians & Jews, since there was a very small Muslim population in my hometown. He treated everyone the same. He was an American first, a Muslim second. Every Muslim I met after that was similar.

Tommy S.
Tommy S5 years ago

@Lindsey D
The Torah and the bible were not written by God and so are open to interpretation
The koran is written by the islamic god and stands eternal
Even in a month of Sundays there is no way to make a comparison as to source and the koran sira and ahadith were interpreted 1400 years ago to give the sharia and sorry to say it that is it...

Tommy S.
Tommy S5 years ago

@William Y
It seems to me that you are posting nothing but opinions because you know a nice muslim ! You realise of course that this in no way qualifies you to speak about islam let alone defend it
and this is the trap you fall into -- religious muslims are laughing at you and non muslims who have made the effort to understand islam are aghast at your opinionated lack of knowledge,
An enlightening read http://www.meforum.org/2931/american-mosques

Lindsey DTSW
.5 years ago

William, you are purely and simply wasting your breath.

Let's all just convert to Lydia's way of thinking. And since the Vatican (a nation) bases its laws on Christianity, we can state with certainty that Christianity is therefore no longer a religion......

William Y.
William Y5 years ago

cont'd Ohand to your last statement, tell that to the pseudo-Christian Repub presidential candidates who want that type of government Christo-Fascist Theocracy.

William Y.
William Y5 years ago

@ Lydia S. You are the one who is stereotyping all Muslims as fanatics. By equating Islam to the fascist Islamic, you are making Islam a form of government.
One question, do you know any Muslims? Are they radical, calling for an overthrow of the US government to form an Islamic republic? I have known a number of Muslims, at work, while in the military, living with and not one ever wanted to change the US government, not one wanted Sharia Law. They are no different than any other Americans. Why should they be denied a place of worship?

Lydia S.
Lydia S5 years ago

@ William Y who wrote: "Islam is not the government of Islamic countries, the government is Fascism, Islamic Fascism if you want."

-- Well, William, looks like you painted yourself right into a corner ... On the one hand, we have islamoApologists who claim "islam is a religion & should be protected, as such" -- and on the other hand, we have "islam is not the government of Islamic countries; the government is Islamic Fascism"!

So, if the government of "The Islamic Republic of Iran", or "The Islamic Republic of Pakistan" has an official "STATE RELIGION" called ISLAM? And the government is specifically called an ISLAMIC republic -- Are the MOSQUES official STATE MEETING PLACES FOR ISLAMOFASCISTS? After all Ahmadinejad & other government officials frequently declare that "Islam will rule the world"!


And since "RULING THE WORLD" is a POLITICAL REALITY, rather than a "RELIGIOUS PURSUIT" -- The question remains: Is islam a religion or a POLITICAL IDEOLOGY!?

"That is what one finds in any theocracy."