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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