Right-Wing Pol Comes Clean; Says First Amendment May not Apply to Muslims
At least this guy is honest, and doesn't try to hide his profoundly un-American views (via TPM):
Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, currentlyrunning third in the state's Republican gubernatorial primary race, says he's not sure if Constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion apply to the followers of the world's second-largest faith, Islam. At a recent event in Hamilton County, Ramsey was asked by a man in the audience about the "threat that's invading our country from the Muslims." Ramsey proclaimed his support for the Constitution and the whole "Congress shall make no law" thing when it comes to religion. But he also said that Islam, arguably, is less a faith than it is a "cult." "Now, you could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion, or is it a nationality, way of life, cult whatever you want to call it," Ramsey said. "Now certainly we do protect our religions, but at the same time this is something we are going to have to face.No, an elected official can't argue that (in his or her capacity as a public official)-- the Constitution forbids it. It always seems silly to me when people complain about atheists being hostile towards people of faith. It's obvious that it is the religious who hate the religious -- as long as they worship deities other than their own. As an atheist myself, I think all religions are cults, in a way. Or they're all legit. I guess I'll have to leave the task of picking and choosing which set of superstitions constitutes a religion and which don't make the cut to wing-nuts from Tennessee.