Cain: Tenn. Mosque Infringes on Religious Freedom

GOP contender thinks it will spread Shariah law
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2011 1:32 PM CDT
Herman Cain: Tennessee Mosque 'Is an Infringement and an Abuse of Our Freedom of Religion'
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks at a campaign rally in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Thursday, July 14, 2011.   (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

(Newser) – Surprise, surprise: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is not a fan of the controversial mosque proposed in Tennessee. Cain says the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, which has been protested as well as challenged in court, "isn't an innocent mosque," but is rather "another way to try to gradually sneak Shariah law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that." Cain also claimed the mosque "is an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion," the AP reports.

Cain spoke to reporters about the mosque after a campaign rally in the state yesterday, appearing to side with opponents who claim the mosque will spread Islamic extremism in the US. Says a Cain supporter who attended the rally, "He wants to define who are our enemies right now, and who are our allies. Morally, he's not afraid to say he's a Christian. He's not trying to force it down people's throats, and I appreciate that. And he's not afraid to say who he is." (Read more Herman Cain stories.)

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