Candidate Criticized for Remark About Islam

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Republican candidate for governor of
Tennessee is being criticized by a Muslim rights group for questioning whether Islam is more of a cult than a religion.

At an event in Chattanooga this month, Ron Ramsey said: "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?"

Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Ramsey's comments are part of "a disturbing trend
in our nation in which it is suggested that American Muslims should
have fewer or more restricted constitutional rights than citizens
of other faiths."

Ramsey in response issued a statement saying he's concerned that "far too much of Islam has come to resemble a violent political
philosophy more than peace-loving religion."

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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