Monday, July 26, 2010

Another Milepost On The Road To Oblivion

This one comes from Tennessee's GOP Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey, who's not really sure if Islam counts as a "religion" or not.
At a recent event in Hamilton County, Ramsey was asked by a man in the audience about the "threat that's invading our country from the Muslims." Ramsey proclaimed his support for the Constitution and the whole "Congress shall make no law" thing when it comes to religion. But he also said that Islam, arguably, is less a faith than it is a "cult."

"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," Ramsey said. "Now certainly we do protect our religions, but at the same time this is something we are going to have to face." 
Islam's just a 1200 year old fad.  It'll die out in a couple millennia or so.  There's only a billion of them.  After all, they hate us for our freedoms.
The question, Ramsey mused, was related to the simmering topic of a new Muslim community center scheduled to be built in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Ramsey, like many conservatives weighing in on the debate, mistakenly confused the center with a mosque -- which Murfreesboro already has -- and then proceeded to foment fears that Sharia saw would be practiced by Muslims there.

"Now, you know, 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," he said. "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." 
Which apparently Ron Ramsey has never actually read.

So, I'm glad to see Tennessee Republicans get to choose their candidate for Governor from Captain Religious Tolerance over here, Zach "Secession or Bust" Wamp, and this crazy mofo here.  That must be fun!

[UPDATE]  Welcome C&L readers and thanks for the link love, Mike!


Kathy said...

If he thinks religions that are also "nationalities" or "ways of life" don't really count, then I guess Judaism and Christianity aren't protected either. What an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Tennessee. I live just south of Nashville. I find myself puking in my mouth with every new "conservative" corporate advertisement for these wanna be governor goons.

Batocchio said...

Their ignorance about one of the major world religions is bad enough, but how about their ignorance about how laws are passed? For years, these idiots have been running around claiming Sharia law will be passed in the U.S. Specific dangerous idiots want a theocracy (Christian, of course) to prevent a scary Muslim theocratic takeover. Maybe we can send them all a copy of the Schoolhouse Rock short...

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