In the category of “Say What?” the winner is…Herman “I would not appoint a Muslim in my administration” Cain. I know, right? It would be like Sarah Palin accusing Michele Bachmann of being batsh*t crazy. What’s a bigot to do? He’s a Republican. It doesn’t have to make any sense. In fact, there’s a rule requiring it to not make any sense. If it did, they’d be Democrats.
But that’s not Cain’s only award this week: he gets the Bryan Fischer Prize in Bigotry for saying that Americans should have the right to ban mosques in their communities.
What does Cain do for an encore? To steal a line from Kevin Smith (Clerks, 1994), does he anally rape your mother while pouring sugar down your gas tank? (presumably to be followed by the making of rape-lemonade but not by any arrests.) It wouldn’t seem much more bizarre than some of the things Cain and other Republicans have done since 2010. (And after all, your mother should have planned for it.)
Now don’t get me wrong: I’m all for banning religious buildings if that also gives us the right to ban the local megachurch down the street. I’ve got enough wacko fundamentalists waving Bibles at me and roaming my city “re-dedicating” its streets to their god. We don’t need any more, and we sure don’t need competing denominations dedicating and rededicating ad nauseum.
The thing is, I don’t feel threatened by Muslims – there are no terror cells where I live – if there are, they are suffering from a deplorable lack of motivation (or worthwhile targets) – but there are Christian fundamentalist terrorist cells. They are called “churches”.
Cain actually makes the absurd claim noted above (and maybe fundies are blinded enough to buy this) that Islam is the only religion to try to combine politics and religion. This is hilarious coming from a Baptist preacher like Cain who is running for president and who says his life is directed by god. Is his presidency going to somehow be god-free?
I believe that as much as you do.
And he says all this at the same time that Christian fundamentalists like him are trying to legislate Mosaic Law (the Ten Commandments) into law. In every state, in every level of government from local to federal, and while the governor of Texas is hosting a Christian-only prayer fast dedicated to turning all Americans into Christians.
The bigoted and hypocritical Cain told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” that he supported the citizens of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, who are engaged in the holy task of combating the construction of an evil, un-American mosque in their community:
“Let’s go back to the fundamental issue, 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.”
He’s kidding, right?
No. He is not kidding. And he went on to claim that Muslims use “the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it. They disagree with it.”
Damn, Herman, I don’t like your morals. I disagree with them – strongly. What this comes down to – and I’m parsing your words here – is the right of people to reject through legislation what they don’t like. If that’s the case, then it really doesn’t matter if what isn’t liked is Christian or Muslim or Green Cheesism. If Cain had his way, a community, say a suburb – and let’s say predominantly Muslim in terms of demographics – could legally ban the building of a church in their community.
I wonder if Cain would like to see all us Pagans get together, take over some small town and close all the churches because we disagree with their morals. You can be there’s be an outcry from Cain then, even if Pagans outnumbered Christians 100-1. The “one” would trump the hundred because…you got it: he’s a Christian. And that’s really what this is about.
Cain made an appearance in Murfreesboro last week and said: “This isn’t an innocent mosque…This is another way to sneak Shariah law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that.”
I don’t know about that. In my 50+ years I’ve yet to have a Muslim appear at my door to witness to me, or to accost me in a parking lot or on a sidewalk to witness to me. To stand at my door and waste my time; to barge onto my property and stalk me on my own lawn to shove their religion down my throat. Not once. Not in 50+ years.
But what else do fundamentalist churches do than sneak Mosaic Law into our laws, into our lives? And how is there a difference? The two law codes are almost identical, after all, save that the same god has different names. They both enshrine intolerance and they are both inimical to a modern liberal democracy like the United States.