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On a weekend talk show, Herman Cain took the position that any community in the nation has the right to prohibit Muslims from building a mosque. The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson says his reasoning sounds a lot like the arguments bigots of generations past used to make about black people — and it's no less ridiculous.

Read an excerpt:

… This imagined nefarious activity, it turns out, is a campaign to subject the nation and the world to Islamic religious law. Anti-mosque activists in Murfreesboro are "objecting to the fact that Islam is both a religion and a set of laws, sharia law," Cain said. "That's the difference between any one of our other traditional religions where it’s just about religious purposes."

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Let's return to the real world for a moment and see how bogus this argument is. Presumably, Cain would include Roman Catholicism among the "traditional religions" that deserve constitutional protection. It happens that our legal system recognizes divorce, but the Catholic Church does not. This, by Cain's logic, must constitute an attempt to impose "Vatican law" on an unsuspecting nation.

Similarly, Jewish congregations that observe kosher dietary laws must be part of a sinister plot to deprive America of its God-given bacon …

Source: the Washington Post.

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