Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, explaining why a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee must not be built:
It is an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion. And I don’t agree with what’s happening, because this isn’t an innocent mosque…. It is another example of why I believe in American laws and American courts. This is just another way to try to gradually sneak Shariah law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that.
Fact check: there is only one web page mentioning either “Shariah” or “Sharia” on the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, and it concerns the rules for Muslims who visiting graves. That’s it. There’s absolutely nothing about making Muslim laws American laws, which wouldn’t happen until we had a Muslim population majority, which isn’t going to happen anytime soon. If that’s an attempt to “gradually sneak Shariah law into our laws,” it must be very gradual attempt. I suppose it’s just “sneaky,” which is another way of saying “completely unobservable.”
But no, Herman Cain has in mind that if a mosque is permitted to be built in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, then people might go to it, and if people go to it, then they might become Muslims, and then they might build more mosques, which might attract more converts to Islam, which might eventually lead to a majority of American Muslims, of a particular sort, mind you, the sort of Muslim that insists upon the imposition of Muslim Shariah law into the codes of government law, which would, finally, 80 years from now, be “an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion.” Which is why Herman Cain insists that a mosque should not be allowed to be built in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Not allowing a mosque to be built in Tennessee is an infringement of freedom of religion today. See United States Constitution, Amendment One.
Herman Cain isn’t the only one who’s been stirring up religious bigotry around the issue of the Murfreesboro mosque this week. Take the remarks of Susan Lynn, former Republican state legislator. The Christian Post reports:
Its website describes the center’s mission as a place to “improve the practice, knowledge, and understanding of Islam among all people” as well as “elevate the image of Islam and Muslims among non-Muslims in general.”
Susan Lynn, a former Tennessee General Assembly member, says residents are especially worried by the second mission statement.
“I think the overall concern is that it will be such a large mosque. Murfreesboro is a college town and it seems as though this extension may be directed at influencing the college students,” said Lynn.
State Senator Bill Ketron says that the center is supposed to expand to well over 50,000 square feet.
“Where are the people going to come from to fill it up?” questioned Ketron. “That leads one to believe that they’re going to [be reaching into the community] to increase their membership.”
A religious group hoping that others in the community will join up: why, that never happens in America! Or does it? Susan Lynn, in the next breath:
Lynn, a Christian, meanwhile, said there are many “wonderful churches” in Murfreesboro and encouraged concerned Christians to become more involved in their outreach to college students.