"Now, you know, I'm all about freedom of religion. I value the First Amendment as much as I value the Second Amendment as much as I value the Tenth Amendment and on and on and on," he said. "But you cross the line when they try to start bringing Sharia Law here to the state of Tennessee -- to the United States. We live under our Constitution and they live under our Constitution." [snip]
"My concern is that far too much of Islam has come to resemble a violent political philosophy more than peace-loving religion," he said in an email. "It's time for American Muslims who love this country to publicly renounce violent jihadism and to drum those who seek to do America harm out of their faith community." (Evan McMorris-Santoro, TMP, see video)
You can imagine this didn't go over very well with many bloggers. Ramsey is partially correct. I believe that Islam is more of a political system than it is a religion. Ramsey was searching for the right word to describe Islam when he called it a cult, then a violent political philosophy, which I think is correct for many who call themselves Muslims - but not all.
It behooves all Americans to try and understand Islam and what it brings with it, including sharia law, honor killings, jihad, non-assimilation into Western society, and continued sympathies for the homeland, whether it be Pakistan, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, or wherever, rather than joining the American culture.
Hubby and I voted early today and I hope we made the right choices. I think Ramsey would be a good governor for Tennessee, but so would Zach Wamp. We've learned that you can't believe much of what we hear in campaign speeches from a lot of candidates. Hubby took it upon himself to personally email and call some of our local candidates and grill them on topics close to our hearts: the Constitution, gun rights, freedom of speech here in our county, and more. We've done our due diligence and will hope our choices were the right ones.