In Murfreesboro, Tennessee a controversy has erupted over a new mosque that is being planned. Residents are very concerned and have been demonstrating and filing lawsuits to stop the mosque project. Presently, the project is still going forward, as a local judge has approved the construction. Yet, legal appeals have been filed and it might reach all the way to the Supreme Court.
GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is now coming to the defense of local residents and opposing the mosque project. Of course, Cain is being criticized for this stance by those who support the construction of the mosque. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called Cain views “bigoted.”
Such criticism is baseless for Cain and mosque opponents have every right to oppose the project. Any type of structure needs to acquire the necessary permits to be built. Local communities should be able to deny the permits if necessary and determine what type of businesses and churches are built in their area. If there is significant opposition to any type of new project, whether it is a mosque or a strip club, local officials need to weigh the concern of residents.
This is similar to the controversy over the Ground Zero mosque in New York City. Just like New Yorkers should be able to stop a mosque at a sacred site such as Ground Zero, Murfreesboro residents should be able to stop a mosque in their community.
The important tenet of localism needs to be valued. No ACLU organization, media outlet, or federal government agency should be able to overrule the wishes of local residents who are concerned about their community.
Americans should be able to ban mosques, especially in light of the history of the last 30 years. As Cain points out, many Muslims advocate radical religious principles outlined in Shariah law, which are directly opposed to our constitutional values. According to Cain, “Islam is both a religion and a set of laws, Shariah law, that’s the difference between any one of our other traditional religions.”
Congratulations to Cain for having the courage to speak out on a controversial issue. Of course, the police of political correctness are outraged about any opposition to mosques.
It seems that some people will not be satisfied until there is a mosque on every block, regardless of what the vast majority of Americans want.
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Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at [email protected].
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