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.
This is bad. I hope the other candidates don't pick up this mantra. I'm not nuts about Islam, but Muslims have just as much right to practice their religion as anyone else. I think Herman Cain and his ilk are just sorry they haven't been able to get the christian laws forced on the rest of us.
Wash Post via The Root Cain'scomments are called bigotryand compared to racism. The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson says his reasoning sounds a lot like the arguments bigots of generations past used to make about black people -- and it's no less ridiculous.
GOP is all about scapegoating and religious social engineering. For the most part, they are using Jesus in ways that would make the Pope jealous, all for political gain.
False - Christians don't resort to terrorism. Sure, you get the very rare abortion killer - but when individual Christians resort to the rare abortion bombing or killing an abortion doctor - they are shunned by other Christians in the community. They are not glorified and given high status or considered martyrs when they are executed. In fact - they go to jail for life or face execution (although I am against the death penalty). Individual acts do not constitute what Islamic terrorism is - acts on a global scale by terrorists and the organizations they are a part of.
And when bibles are burned or people make fun of Jesus - their feelings might be hurt but they don't go cut heads off or resort to terror.
Case in point: Woman Destroys Controversial Jesus Art in Colorado and she is the one arrested and the exhibit of gay Jesus was repaired and went back on in display. A Pastor in Florida threatens to burn a quran, heads are being cut off at the United Nations in Afghanistan. Cartoons are drawn - Muslims act like savages. Imagine instead of a gay Jesus exhibit it was a gay Muhammad exhibit....what do you think the result would have been??
You cannot even compare Christianity to Islam in regards to primitiveness, oppressive, and violent. It is not comparable. The Christians have Jesus Christ, the "all-forgiving" guy who "died for their sins" who didn't kill a fly - to the pedophile, child molesting, genocidal maniac that was Muhammad. In addition, to be a true Muslim - you must accept the entirety of the quran to be the word of "god" to Muhammad in a cave. Most Christians do not believe the entire bible is the word of "god" including very high ranked pastors including the Pontiff - Christians for the most part acknowledge that the bible was written over centuries by a variety of scribes - they take the stories of the bible as "lessons" and "parables" - and we haven't even touched upon the Hadith.
I don't know if you know but I am "born" Muslim - a punishment in which I should be executed under Islamic law for having left Islam. I am Iranian and have spent considerable amounts of time in Iran - have read both the bible and quran and have studied the hadith. Simply said, Christians had the Dark Ages, Reformation, and Enlightenment periods. Islam has not had it and I am afraid is incapable of it at the current time as again - to be a Muslim, a true Muslim, you must always claim to believe the entirety of the quran to be magical and literal.
While not all Muslims are bad people, Islam is inherently a fundamentalist and dogmatic religion like no other that leads to the path of jihad and violence. Fortunately for us - most Muslims (especially in the United States) don't take their faith seriously and would be called apostates by those who do take their faith seriously.
I would be interested in hearing your opinion about the Arab Spring phenomenon and the uprisings in the Middle East by young people that want to enter the modern world but retain ethnic pride in being Muslim...not the jihadist version that Westerners fear, but the peaceful version.
Like many Americans, I am not in contact with any American Muslims in my daily life nor am I knowledgeable about their religious customs...but I have to believe that you cannot really compare American Muslims to the Muslims living in the governments and economic systems of the Middle East or in Asia. Aren't we being prejudiced to say that all Muslims are 'anti-American' or a threat to 'the American way of life' (whatever THAT is)? A lot of what the terrorists have done has been based on a revenge motive...retaliation for what was perceived to be done by the West and by our support of Israel. A lot is economically based, as well.
I certainly don't mean to sympathize with Islamists, who kill indiscriminately and incite terror in the name of their religion but making the assumption that mosques in America breed terrorists sounds like an overstatement. The American 'way of life' to me is freedom of expression and protection of civil liberties...even religious group membership....without the fear of government intrusion. Minority religions should get the same protection under the law as those in the majority. Equal protection.