During an interview with Chris Wallace this morning on Fox News Sunday, one of the nominees for the Republican Presidential nomination, Herman Cain was asked why he objects to a mosque being built in Murfreesboro, TN.
The reason he gave for opposing the mosque, is because he said that the Muslims in the community are trying to infuse Sharia Law into the community.
He also went on to refer to the area in Murfreesboro where the Mosque is being built as “hallowed ground”, and additionally stated that he thinks that we should be able to ban Muslims from worshiping in certain places.
Even Chris Wallace seemed confused by his statements, and after several attempts to help Herman Cain clarify his statements, he change the subject.
Here’s the transcripts from the conversation;
WALLACE: You said this week that you oppose construction of a new mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which is close to Nashville.
WALLACE: They have operated — Muslim worshipers — at another site there for more than 20 years. What’s your objection to their building a new mosque?
CAIN: One of my guiding principles, Chris, is that if you want to know the solution to the problem or if you want to understand the problem, go to source closest to the problem. I talk to the people in that community.
And here’s their problem and I sympathized with them. Our Constitution guarantees separation of church and state. Islam combines church and state. They are using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their mosque in that community and the people in the community do not like it, they disagree with it.
Sharia law is what they are to infuse in to our —
WALLACE: Wait a minute. Are you saying that we should ban Muslims from worshiping in this country?
CAIN: No, I did not say that, Chris.
WALLACE: I know. I’m asking you.
CAIN: I’m not saying that. What I’m saying is American laws in American courts. That’s what the people of Murfreesboro are saying. That’s what people are saying all —
WALLACE: The mosque isn’t going to.
CAIN: Well, Chris, I happen to also know that it’s not just about a religious mosque. There are other things going on based upon talking to the people closest to the problem. It’s not a mosque for religious purposes. This is what the people are objecting to.
WALLACE: But — I mean, they held rallies in 2009 and last year, to support the Palestinians, including Hamas, in Gaza. This going to a county judge who says the people — he says that there may be a question about the open meetings rule.
WALLACE: But he said that the people who are brought suit to try to stop this mosque haven’t been heard and that they have right to build a mosque. I mean, my question, I guess is, this isn’t Ground Zero in New York City. It’s not hallowed ground. Don’t Americans have a right of whatever religion under the Constitution, which you speak so much about, to free speech and freedom to worship.
CAIN: To the people in Murfreesboro, it is hallowed ground. They are objecting to the intentions of trying to get Sharia law. Now, that judge may have ruled, but this case isn’t over with yet. I believe it’s going to go all the way to the Supreme Court.
It’s not hallowed ground. It’s hallowed ground for people in Murfreesboro.
WALLACE: But couldn’t any community then say we don’t want a mosque in our community?
CAIN: They could say that.
Chris, let’s go back to the fundamental issue that the people are basically saying that they are objecting to. They are objecting to the fact that Islam is both religion and of set of laws, Sharia law. That’s the difference between any one of our other traditional religions where it’s just about religious purposes.
The people in the community know best. And I happen to side with the people in the community.
WALLACE: So, you’re saying that any community, if they want to ban a mosque.
CAIN: Yes, they have the right to do that. That’s not discriminating based upon religion — against that particular religion. There is an aspect of them building that mosque that doesn’t get talked about. And the people in the community know what is it and they are talking about it.