TN Lt. Gov. calls Islam a cult. And what is Christianity exactly?

With mere days before the primary election and with early voting underway, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is making controversial remarks about Islam. One could argue that he doesn't have a large Muslim constituency to offend, but that should not excuse a current public official from making degrading comments of questionable validity.

Ramsey was quoted by Talking Points Memo as having said, "Now, you could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion, or is it a nationality, way of life, cult whatever you want to call it." He continued with, "I'm all about freedom of religion. I value the First Amendment as much as I value the Second Amendment as much as I value the Tenth Amendment and on and on and on. But you cross the line when they try to start bringing Sharia Law here to the state of Tennessee -- to the United States. We live under our Constitution and they live under our Constitution."

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Comment by James M. Martin on July 29, 2010 at 8:17pm
Apparently, this is a new wedge issue for the Repubs. Newt Gingrich has just come out with a promise that, if elected, he will push for a bill outlawing the imposition of Shariah law anywhere in the United States. There is just one wee problem: the Constitution prohibits any such legislation. Such a law would violate the First Amendment which prohibit establishment or disestablishment of any one religion. Newt has finally left us with no doubt at all that he is an ignoramus or a shameless opportunist or both. He certainly isn't honest. He would love to see the illegalization of Shariah because he is now doing the bidding of the Roman Church. After two or three divorces (I quit counting), he has decided he wants to be a genuine mackerel snap Catholic. Beholden to the Vatican. And if you don't think the RCC plays any role in Newtie's decisions, recall that his Party compatriot Mitt Romney admitted to calling the head of the Mormon Church of Latter Day Saints to discuss his thought of running for president. Newtie favors a theocracy. He is un-American. He doesn't have a contract with America anymore, it's a contract ON America.



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