Herman Cain: Communities Can Ban Mosques

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain once again has controversial words for Muslims, saying communities should have the right to ban mosques in their neighborhood if they don't want one.

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Cain was asked whether communities should be allowed to "ban a mosque." He responded, "Yes, they have the right to do that."

The topic came up because people in the town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee are trying to stop a mosque from being built, and Cain is supporting them.

"Islam is both a religion and a set of laws -- Sharia laws. That's the difference between any one of our traditional religions where it's just about religious purposes," Cain said, explaining that his view is "not discriminating based upon their particular religion."

He added, "I'm simply saying I owe it to the American people to be cautious because terrorists are trying to kill us. And so yes I'm going to err on the side of caution rather than on the side of carelessness."

Cain drew the ire of Muslims earlier this year when he said that if his longshot candidacy is successful, he would not appoint a Muslim to his cabinet.