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Not all Conservative Christians think alike: Southern Baptist Leader Chides Herman Cain

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Not all conservative Christians think the same way. It is refreshing and heartwarming to hear Christian leaders such as the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Richard Land, categorically stand up for what is right and demand a higher standard of behavior from a Presidential candidate.

By Stephanie Samuel | Christian Post Reporter

Southern Baptist leader Richard Land chided presidential candidate Herman Cain for disregarding the constitutional rights of U.S. Muslims during a Monday C-SPAN interview. He reminded Cain that as a Christian and an African American, he should have a special interest in the enforcement of the constitution in all communities, not just approving ones.

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Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, addressed the businessman turned presidential candidate in a Monday broadcast saying, “Don’t throw out the baby with the bath, Mr. Cain.”

Last week, Cain told reporters that the plan to build the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tenn., is “an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion.” He sided with community members who have protested the center saying the center is “another way to gradually sneak Sharia law into our laws.”

Cain, an associate pastor at Antioch Baptist Church North and a GOP presidential hopeful, argued last week that the ICM is not an “innocent mosque” and warned of the threat of Sharia (Islamic law) to American laws. He asserted in a Sunday Fox News interview that the Murfreesboro community has the right to ban the center’s construction.

Land said he agrees that allowing Sharia law in the courts is unconstitutional, as it also violates the rights of women. He agreed that it should not be enforced in America’s legal system or government, but reminded the public that that the First Amendment allows for religious freedom.

“I think the First Amendment is one of those amendments that is too important and protects rights that are too central to our guaranteed rights in this country to be left with a local option,” he asserted.

Like Christians, Muslims have the right to have places of worship near where they live, Land said.

Additionally, Muslims and Christians have the shared right to abide by the rules of their faith as long as that faith is not imposed on the government, he argued.

Muslim women in America have a right to choose to be veiled and abide by Sharia in their marriages. Land said that he would fight to the death to protect Christians’ right to abide by biblical precepts in their marriages.

Similarly he contended, “I defend to the death of their (Muslims\’) right” to marry according to their customs.

The Southern Baptist also asserted that Cain, who boasts that he is the descendent of slaves, should defend Muslims’ rights under the Constitution so that they are upheld in every community, city and state.

“Mr. Cain of all people, as an African American, should understand that our civil rights have to be guaranteed on a federal level,” he said. “I don’t think he would want to leave the civil rights of an African American to the local voters in Philadelphia and Mississippi where they buried three civil rights workers – one black, two white – under a dam after they had killed them.”

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Hena Zuberi is the Editor in Chief of Muslimmatters.org. She leads the DC office of the human rights organization, Justice For All, focusing on stopping the genocide of the Rohingya under Burma Task Force, advocacy for the Uighur people with the Save Uighur Campaign and Free Kashmir Action. She was a Staff Reporter at the Muslim Link newspaper which serves the DC Metro. Hena has worked as a television news reporter and producer for CNBC Asia and World Television News. Active in her SoCal community, Hena served as the Youth Director for the Unity Center. Using her experience with Youth, she conducts Growing Up With God workshops. hena.z@muslimmatters.org Follow her on Twitter @henazuberi.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Tahmid

    July 20, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Herman Cain is an uninformed bigot, period. By the way maybe he is being given a bit much importance by some Muslims, nobody really cares about what he has to say and the chance of him even being a legitimate contender Presidency are slim to none, all he wants is attention and we shouldn’t give him any.

    • Hena Zuberi

      July 21, 2011 at 2:38 AM

      The reason we need to talk about this is because not only are his comments offensive they are dangerous.
      As Rep. Keith Ellison’s says here “if you keep whipping up hate and hysteria against a religious minority long enough, catastrophic things can happen.”

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  3. Anonynous

    July 21, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    The irony is Muslims can’t even establish Shariah law in countries where they are a majority.

  4. 9gag

    July 17, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    I found the black guy lol

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