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 Al-KADIM on July 29, 2010 at 9:31pm
Sorry to take a contrary opinion, but Ramsey, Newt, Sarah Palin, and all the others who have come out against Islam don't really believe a word they are saying. Sorry. None of them has the balls to take on the First Amendment--14th Amendment, 17th Amendment, sure, but not the First.

The problem is that the Republicans realize that the country is in deep shit, largely of their own making. Sure, the Dems have been helpful, but what is really egging the Republicans on is that even if they do take over Congress, they don't have solutions either. Under normal circumstances, you start a little war to draw people's attention away from the major problems, but right now we've been at war for nine years. It is part of the problem, not a distraction.

And so, all that is left is the oldest trick in the book. Scapegoating. Can't scapegoat the Jews anymore, so why not go after the Muslims. They are a small, powerless group in the US, they are physically identifiable, but not quite racially different. Fundie churches who support the right anyways will be happy to jump into the fray and sponsor their own little Burn a Qur'an day.

For the record, the first act of aggression by the Nazis against Jews was April 1, 1933--the one-day boycott of Jewish stores. I am betting on a one-day boycott of Muslim/Arab/South Asian stores by 2013.
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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