JERRY GORDON: GOP CANDIDATE HERMAN CAIN OPPOSES SHARIA AND MEGAMOSQUES AT MURFREESBORO
Friday, 15 July 2011
GOP Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Opposes Sharia and Mega- Mosques at Murfreesboro Rally
by Jerry Gordon
Herman Cain GOP Presidential Candidate
Herman Cain, GOP Candidate for President showed up at a rally in Murfreesboro Thursday and spoke in opposition to ‘Creeping Sharia’ in America and the Mega-Mosques promoting it. The Daily News Journal noted his comments at a rally supporting litigation against the controversial Islamic Center of Murfreesboro project;
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Thursday an effort by local Muslims to build a large mosque here is an attempt to “sneak” Shariah law into the fabric of the U.S. legal system.
“I think it is an infringement and abuse of our freedom of religion, and I don’t agree with what’s happening here because this isn’t an innocent mosque,” Cain told reporters after speaking to a crowd of hundreds on the Murfreesboro Public Square.
“This is another way to sneak Shariah law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that,” Cain said.
Cain previously said that he would not hire a Muslim to serve in his administration if he is elected president.
A group of residents filed suit against Rutherford County in 2010 after the Regional Planning Commission gave the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro site plan approval for a 58,000-square-foot facility on Veals Road just outside Murfreesboro.
Chancellor Robert Corlew has ruled that the mosque’s construction is not a threat to the plaintiffs, but he has given them an opportunity to argue that the county violated the state’s public notice law by not advertising the meeting properly.
Mosque leaders pulled a building permit in late May and hope to begin construction next month.
In late March, Cain raised CAIR’s ire with statements in opposition to Sharia. He said in a Politico report :
There is this creeping attempt, there is this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government. This is what happened in Europe. And little by little, to try and be politically correct, they made this little change, they made this little change. And now they’ve got a social problem that they don’t know what to do with hardly.
Moreover unlike the Bush and the Obama Administrations he would not appoint Muslims to high Administration posts.
CAIR went after him for being ‘going beyond Muslim bashing. In a news release, CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said:
Ibrahim Hooper told CNN that Cain’s words were “even going beyond the almost routine Muslim-bashing we see coming from the right wing of the political spectrum.”
“Even post 9/11 you didn’t have this level of mainstreaming of anti-Muslim hate as you have now,” Hooper said.
In early April Cain took Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison to task for being supportive of Sharia in an interview with conservative talk host, Laura Ingraham. Not this Washington Independent blog post:
Potential presidential contender Herman Cain told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that he wouldn’t allow Muslims to serve in his administration and that, because Rep. Keith Ellison took his oath of office on the Qur’an instead of the Bible, he supports Sharia law above the Constitution. Cain, a Republican, said that American law is based on the Bible.
“I want people in my administration that are committed to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States,” said Cain. “I don’t want any inkling of anybody in my administration that would put Sharia law over American law. I have not found a Muslim that has said that they will denounce Sharia law, you know, in order to support the Constitution of the United States.”
Cain, who was the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and former chair of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, formed an exploratory committee for the Republican nomination in 2012.
Ingraham asked Cain, “So Keith Ellison you think would be more in favor of Sharia law than the Declaration of Independence?”
Cain said, “Didn’t he take his oath on the Qur’an instead of the Bible? Am I wrong in that?”
“I think you are correct in that,” she said. (To be precise, it was a copy of the Qur’an owned by Thomas Jefferson.)
Cain continued, “This is my point. If you take an oath on the Qur’an, that means you support Sharia law. I support American law. Our laws were derived from principles that are biblically based. Maybe not said in the same words that are in the Bible, but our laws are derived from principles based upon the Bible. This is why I’m not going to back down or pander to anyone who wants to call me xenophobic or a bigot simply because I said no. I don’t want anybody in my administration that I’m going to have to be looking over my shoulder to figure out if they are going to try to do something against the principles that I believe in which are also the principles that the majority, the overwhelming majority of the American people believe.”
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