|Herman Cain in pain after shooting himself in the foot.|
Whatever hopes of bagging the presidential nomination Herman Cain may have had are fucking gone now. I mean, I don’t know if he ever had much hope in the face of fundraising giants like Romney and Bachmann (shiver), or long-time veteran candidates like Ron Paul, but Cain might as well have just shoved an M80 up his ass with this one.
Cain says that US communities have the right to ban mosques.
I’m sorry to break it to you, Mr. Cain, but no they don’t. I don’t understand what planet he lives on in which he can all at once proclaim that he’s all about freedom and the free practice of religion, and also say that we should be allowed to infringe upon others’ ability to worship freely. Am I missing something here?
Now, a private property owner has a right to decide what is built on his property, and he or she also has a right to sell his property to whomever he desires for whatever reasons. But a community, by law, cannot deny the construction of a structure based on its connection to a religion. Period.
It’s just like the debate over the Muslim cultural center/mosque near ground zero: there is no real legal debate. No law can prohibit a religious establishment from being built on private owned property.
You’ve got to be some kind of hypocrite to say that you believe in the value and efficacy of personal liberty, but then support shit that is meant to curtail personal liberties. You’ve also got to be a complete retard to think that you’re going to win a presidential nomination by fostering bigotry and divisiveness. With this one issue, he has single-handedly ended any real chance he ever had. Why? Because now every Democrat gets to say he’s a bigoted, right wing nut job.
As if being a hypocrite isn’t bad enough, he also demonstrated that the has the cognitive capacity of a walnut with his defense of this asinine notion. He said:
"Islam is both a religion and a set of laws -- Sharia laws. That's the difference between any one of our traditional religions where it's just about religious purposes . . ."
Wow. Really? So that whole fucking thing in Judaism called the Torah . . . that’s not religious law? I mean, I’m fairly sure he’s a “good” Christian, but has he ever even read the Bible? What the hell is the Torah if it’s not instruction on how one is to live one’s life in covenant with God? Aren’t the 10 Commandments religious law?
Look, stop being afraid of Sharia law. It’s never, ever going to become some sort of staple of law that replaces the system of law here in
. Yes, I know some bonehead judge in NY ruled against a raped woman because of Sharia, but I’m sure that guy got censured in some way as that is a huge break in precedent (legal precedent being the hallmark of a common law system such as ours). But religious law cannot replace state or federal law, especially if it violates state and federal law. America
And of course, Cain tried to play it off by saying that he knows most Muslims are peaceful, but we have to be careful in these tumultuous times of terrorism. That was half-hearted at best. Actually, it sounds more like quarter-hearted. If he truly believed that most Muslims are peaceful then he wouldn’t have a problem with mosques being built.
Plus, wouldn’t denying them a place to worship in a community only fuel terrorism? Aren’t the terrorists claiming that we’re throwing down some sort of religious crusade against them and trying to destroy Islam? Call me crazy, but saying that communities are allowed to ban mosques sort of supports that whole line of logic, even if it is untrue.
I guess some Republicans believe in freedom of religion the way the Puritans did: you’re free to be a Christian and practice religion my way, but if you don’t want to then get the fuck out.