Friday, July 22, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is not shy. In fact, he has gained much attention over the past week with a religious twofer.

His most recent assertion that fellow contender Mitt Romney cannot win the Republican nomination due to his Mormon faith may have been partially based upon history from the 2008 primary season, but, as they say, yesterday was another country (“Romney’s religion a barrier to Republican nod, Cain says,” Page 1, Tuesday).

Mr. Cain’s comments earlier this week supported the residents of Murfreesboro, Tenn., who oppose the construction of a massive Islamic center in the town. Mr. Cain understands the center is not designed for the few residents who practice Islam, but rather to bring in masses requiring indoctrination in Islam’s Shariah law.

His comments are instructive: “Let’s go back to the fundamental issue that the people are basically saying that they are objecting to. They are objecting to the fact that Islam is both religion and [a] set of laws, Shariah law.

“That’s the difference between any one of our other traditional religions, where it’s just about religious purposes. The people in the community know best. And I happen to side with the people in the community.”



The larger issue raised by Mr. Cain is who determines what constitutes a religion. Clearly, radical Islam differs from what Americans hold as religion due to its intolerance toward other faiths and its repeated exhortations to persecute those who eschew it.

As Mr. Cain’s reputation for political courage rises, perhaps he will show us just how courageous he is by next putting forth his ideas for halting the immigration invasion before we become just another country.

CHRISTOPHER MAXWELL

Ventura, Calif.

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