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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain stands by communities that oppose the building of Mosques, deeming their plight constitutional.
Protests and counter protests struck The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro located outside of Nashville when a judge ruled that its planned construction did not harm local residents after they sued to prevent them from building.
“Our constitution guarantees separation of church and state. Islam combines church and state,” said Cain on Fox news Sunday. “They are using the Church part of our First Amendment to infuse their mosque in that community and the people in the community don’t like it, they disagree with it.”
Cain previously stated that Muslims need to prove their loyalty to the U.S. Constitution before he would appoint them to his administration. He also believes that people know what’s best for their own communities leaving it open for them to decide whether they want to let Muslims worship freely amongst them.
“I’m simply saying I owe it to the American people to be cautious because terrorists are trying to kill us,” Cain said. “So yes I’m going to err on the side of caution, rather than the side of carelessness.”
Cain doesn’t believe the situation in Murfreesboro is a result of religious discrimination. He supports their opposition by attributing their rejection of the mosque building to their own rights and freedoms to do so.
“The people in the community know best, and I happen to side with the people in Murfreesboro,” said Cain.
Also Cain stated that Muslims cannot use a civil rights platform like blacks did in the 50’s and 60’s because blacks dealt with the fact that they couldn’t advance in society, where he feels Muslims want to legislate Sharia law with the building of mosques.