Former radio host and businessman Herman Cain sat down with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday for a second time within a few short months to discuss his campaign and the state of the 2012 race. If you recall, Cain was criticized for his appearance last time around where detractors say he appeared to stumble on some topics of foreign policy.
Here is Cain’s latest appearance from Sunday, July 17th, 2011:
This time the topic of whether a Tennessee community has the right to prevent the building of a Mosque became a heated line of questioning between Cain and Wallace as the Associated Press reports:
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that communities have a right to ban Islamic mosques.
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO said protests and legal challenges to a planned mosque in Tennessee city are an example of local residents pushing back.
Cain said his view doesn’t amount to religious discrimination because he says Muslims are trying to inject Shariah law into the U.S.
Shariah is a set of core principles that most Muslims recognize and a series of rulings from religious scholars. It covers many areas of life and different sects have different versions and interpretations of the code.
Asked if his view could lead any community to stand up in opposition to a proposed mosque, Cain replied, “They could say that.” He pointed to opposition to the planned mosque in Murfreesboro, Tenn., as an example.
“Let’s go back to the fundamental issue that the people are basically saying that they are objecting to,” Cain said. “They are objecting to the fact that Islam is both religion and (a) set of laws, Shariah law. That’s the difference between any one of our other traditional religions where it’s just about religious purposes.
“The people in the community know best. And I happen to side with the people in the community.”
In case you missed Cain’s May 22nd appearance on Fox News Sunday, you can watch it in entirety here.