Friday, December 2, 2016   

  Home     About     Guest Editorials     Advertise     Blog     Site Map     Links     Contact      Subscribe RSS      Subscribe Email  
Home » General

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain opposes planned Tennessee mosque

15 July 2011 General 2 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks at a campaign rally in Murfreesboro.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Friday, July 15th 2011, 4:00 AM

MURFREESBOROTenn. – Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain opposes a planned Tennessee mosque that has been the subject of protests and legal challenges.

Cain didn’t bring up the controversial facility in a campaign rally on Thursday, but told reporters afterward that he’s concerned about the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

“It is an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion,” he said. “And I don’t agree with what’s happening, because this isn’t an innocent mosque.”

The new mosque has been the subject of protests and counterprotests in the city about 35 miles southeast of Nashville.

A county judge ruled in May that the mosque construction does not harm the residents who sued to try to stop it, but he allowed them to move forward on claims the county violated an open meetings law in approving it.

Opponents have used the hearings to argue that the mosque is part of a plot to expand Islamic extremism in the U.S. Cain appeared to agree.

“It is another example of why I believe in American laws and American courts,” Cain said. “This is just another way to try to gradually sneak Shariah law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that.”

Shariah is a set of core principles that most Muslims recognize and a series of rulings from religious scholars. It covers many areas of life and different sects have different versions and interpretations of the code.

Cain previously stirred controversy by saying that he would not want a Muslim bent on killing Americans in his administration.

Stephen Fotopulos, executive director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, called Cain’s statements about the mosque ill informed.

“The vast majority of Tennesseans believe strongly in our country’s founding principles of religious freedom, and support the rights of all Murfreesboro residents to practice their faith without interrogation or persecution,” Fotopulos said in a statement.

Cain, the former chief executive of Godfather’s Pizza, spent much of the day making talk radio appearances, and his event in Murfreesboro drew hundreds to the courthouse square. Police diverted traffic to protect dozens who spilled out into the street.

Bill Ruark, of Tyler, Texas, said he decided to attend the rally after hearing Cain on the radio earlier in the day in Nashville, where Ruark’s son is recording a country music video.

“He wants to define who are our enemies right now, and who are our allies,” he said. “Morally, he’s not afraid to say he’s a Christian. He’s not trying to force it down people’s throats, and I appreciate that. And he’s not afraid to say who he is.”

Donah Hall, a postal worker in Murfreesboro, said she was impressed by Cain, but isn’t sure about his electoral prospects.

“I’m just learning about him, and I was very pleased,” she said. “I’m not sure come six months or nine months from now who I’ll support.

“But it will definitely be a Republican, and not Barack Hussein Obama,” Hall said. “I think he has just about broke our country up.”

Original post: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain opposes planned Tennessee mosque

Share/Bookmark




2 Comments »

  1. Herman is an idiot.

  2. Separation of State and Church… that’s should be a primary requisite for anyone that would like to run for the President of The US… that’s what this country is symbol of and the reason others would like to emulate our system. If you want to live like the hot spots around the world where religious groups are the ones dictating who, what, when, how…etc. then support this guy or anyone that share this opinion.
    I am not even evoking the “Melting Pot”, “Social Mosaic”, “Ethnic Quilt”…etc. that makes this country strong.
    A not-so-concerned citizen

Have your say!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>