Re: Herman Cain: Communities have right to ban mosques
Yes, Mr. Cain is wrong. I really hate to say that since I really like/d him as a presidential candidate.
His reason is that, "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."
There are two problems with his statement. First, building a functioning Mosque does not mean that the Muslims of the mosque are pushing Shariah law (they may be more liberal in Qur'an interpretation). Second, there is nothing Constitutionally wrong with any one person or mosque pushing Shariah law, as long as it does not conflict with the laws of the jurisdiction.
If the Shariah law that was being officially pushed by the mosque was illegal (say spousal abuse/murder of some kind/rape), than the mosque would have to shut down and/or be fined.
Lastly, any one person or organization may talk about changing laws, including mosques, while still abiding by current laws.
As a Catholic who tries to abide with Jesus' Laws and Canon Law through His Church, I think abortion and contraception should be illegal, and I talk and write about it. However, I don't force anyone to stop committing/using the acts/products or turn anyone in/report them to authorities because they are currently legal to commit/use.
I hope Mr. Cain recants on his statements regarding this issue.