It seems there is no end to demagoguery in the emerging presidential campaign. From the suddenly non-interventionist Republican consensus, to the denial of basic religious rights, one cannot help but suspect they will say whatever they think will rally the troops (and the votes) whether or not it respects traditional American rights, of which religious freedom has pride of place. And funny how there is no outcry over Kosher law, just Sharia:
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that communities have a right to ban Islamic mosques.
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO said protests and legal challenges to a planned mosque in Tennessee city are an example of local residents pushing back.
Cain said his view doesn’t amount to religious discrimination because he says Muslims are trying to inject Shariah law into the U.S.
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.
Asked if his view could lead any community to stand up in opposition to a proposed mosque, Cain replied, “They could say that.” He pointed to opposition to the planned mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., as an example.
“Let’s go back to the fundamental issue that the people are basically saying that they are objecting to,” Cain said. “They are objecting to the fact that Islam is both religion and (a) set of laws, Shariah law. That’s the difference between any one of our other traditional religions where it’s just about religious purposes.
“The people in the community know best. And I happen to side with the people in the community.”
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