Politics & Policy

Cain Opposes Controversial Tenn. Mosque

Herman Cain, who has backtracked from his March comment about being uncomfortable hiring a Muslim to work in his administration, told reporters yesterday that he opposed the construction of a controversial mosque there. From the Associated Press:

Cain didn’t bring up the controversial facility in a campaign rally on Thursday, but told reporters afterward that he’s concerned about the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

“It is an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion,” he said. “And I don’t agree with what’s happening, because this isn’t an innocent mosque.”

The new mosque has been the subject of protests and counterprotests in the city about 35 miles southeast of Nashville. …

Opponents have used the hearings to argue that the mosque is part of a plot to expand Islamic extremism in the U.S. Cain appeared to agree.

“It is another example of why I believe in American laws and American courts,” Cain said. “This is just another way to try to gradually sneak Shariah law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that.”

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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