by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Herman Cain, the African-American republican candidate, has been stirring up talk with his edgy comments about Muslims. The first brow raiser was when he said “he would not want a Muslim bent on killing Americans in his administration,” according to NewsOne reports. Now, he is opposing the building of a mosque in Tennessee. NewsOne says:
“Cain didn’t bring up the controversial facility in a campaign rally on Thursday, but told reporters afterward that he’s concerned about the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. ‘It is an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion,’ he said. ‘And I don’t agree with what’s happening, because this isn’t an innocent mosque.’”
Despite protests in Murfreesboro — a city located approximately 35 miles southeast of Nashville — one of the county judges ruled that the building of the mosque was of no threat to residents who tried to stop its construction. To be exact, residents who detested the idea of having the mosque in their area disliked the idea so much that they went to such lengths as filing lawsuits. NewsOne reports that “opponents have used the hearings to argue that the mosque is part of a plot to expand Islamic extremism in the U.S. [and] Cain appeared to agree.” In fact, Cain’s words were, “It (the mosque) is another example of why I believe in American laws and American courts. This is just another way to try to gradually sneak Shariah (core Muslim principles) law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that.”
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.