Tennessee Mosque Protest: Lieutenant Governor Says Islam Not A Religion

By R.E.A.L. Organization • on July 15, 2010

At a public meeting with voters in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 14, 2010, gubernatorial candidate and current Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey responded to voters who seek to oppose a planned expansion of an Islamic mosque in Murfreesboro.

At the July 14, 2010 Chattanooga meeting, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey was asked by a voter (video 3:10) about a “national threat”… of “a threat that has been invading our country from Muslims, what’s your stance?”

Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey replied by referring to the situation in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee, “what happened is that they are trying to put a mosque into Rutherford County, I don’t know if you know this or not… now this mosque started coming up there… I have been trying to learn what is going on – it is not good, I will tell you that.” “Now, you could even argue whether that being a Muslim is actually a religion, or is it a nationality, way of life, cult or whatever you want to call it…”

When asked his views on the planned Murfreesboro, TN mosque facility,  gubernatorial candidate Ron Ramsey, replied “You could even argue whether that being a Muslim is actually a religion, or is it a nationality, way of life, cult or whatever you want to call it?”

The voter continues to state to the Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey that “I think the number is 22 communities so far that have been established in the United States under Sharia law and it is expanding rapidly.”

Gubernatorial candidate and current Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey responded by stating “in Tennessee, when I am governor, we oughta pass a resolution, a law, whatever it takes…”

YouTube Video of Gubernatorial Candidate and Current Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey
- discussion begins at 3:10

Also on July 14, 2010, a march of hundreds of individuals opposed to the mosque turned out in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as Responsible for Equality And Liberty has previously reported.

Murfreesboro, Tennessee: Photos from July 14 Anti-Mosque March (Photos: DNJ, except for Photo 7, ABP)

Murfreesboro, Tennessee: Photos from July 14 Anti-Mosque March (Photos: DNJ, except for Photo 7, ABP)

Previous R.E.A.L. Reports

Tennessee: Anti-Mosque Protest March by Tennesseans

Protests Against Houses of Worship

Islamophobia

Coast-to-Coast Anti-Islam Movement Results in Protests, Attacks Against Mosques

Tennessee: New Vandalism at Mosque – “Tea Party” Candidate Rejects Mosque Proposal

Tennessee Mosque Plans Under Protest

Tennessee: White Supremacist Nazi Gets 4 Years in Prison for Mosque Firebombing

Tennessee Man Sentenced to 183 Months in Prison for Burning Islamic Center

Tennessee: Vandalism Against Mosque

Other Media Reports

Nashville Scene: In Public Campaign Meeting in Race for Governor, Lieutentant Governor Ron Ramsey Opposes Murfreesboro Mosque — questions that Islam is a religion

AP: Tenn. gov hopeful questions if Islam is a ‘cult’

The Tennessean: Gubernatorial candidate Ron Ramsey criticized for calling Islam a ‘cult’

Daily Telegraph: Ron Ramsey: Tennessee Republican politician under fire in ‘Islam is a cult’ row

CBS News: Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey Questions Whether Islam is a Religion

Tenn. GOP gubernatorial candidate Ramsey criticized for questioning if Islam is a religion