A U.S. Senate candidate and former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice told voters this week that Islam is a false religion.
Republican Roy Moore the front-runner in Alabamas Aug. 15 special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions appointment as U.S. attorney general made the comment Monday during a meeting of the North Jefferson County Republican Club at Jim N Nicks BBQ in Gardendale, Alabama.
His remark came in response to a question about Sharia law from a woman at the meeting, as heard in a video posted to Moores campaign page on Facebook.
Ive seen a lot in the news about Sharia law, and Muslims demanding break times to do their prayers and wanting to have their laws oversee our laws, and I just wonder how you plan to deal with that, the woman said, repeating the debunked conspiracy theory that Sharia, or Islamic law, is a threat to the U.S. judicial system.
False religions like Islam, Moore said during his response, who teach that you must worship this way, are completely opposite with what our First Amendment stands for.
The First Amendment states, in part, that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
You can hear the womans question and Moores response at the 20:00 mark in the video below.
Corey Saylor, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told HuffPost that Moore has a long history of extremist attitudes.
It is more disappointing that his statement went unchallenged in the room, Saylor said.
Khaula Hadeed, the executive director of CAIRs Alabama chapter, said Moores comment suggested he doesnt believe Muslims in Alabama should have the same rights under the law as non-Muslims.
Still, she extended Moore an olive branch.
We invite him to come out and visit a mosque and learn about the Islamic faith, Hadeed said.This is the best time for Roy Moore to visit mosque and meet fellow Alabamans and the Muslim constituents he intends to serve as a representative.
Muslims are a thriving community across Alabama. We wake up every morning to work hard and raise families. We give back in numerous ways. We watch football.
Were not ashamed to be Muslims and to share our faith.
Moore is best known nationally for the two times he was removed from the bench as an Alabama state judge: once for enforcing a ban on same-sex marriage despite a U.S.Supreme Court ruling legalizing it and once forrefusingto remove a Ten Commandments monument recently installed in an Alabama courthouse.
A poll earlier this month showed Moore with an 8-percentage-point lead over his GOP primary opponents.
Moores rivals for the GOP nomination include Rep. Mo Brooks and Luther Strange, who in February was appointed by Alabamas governor to fill Sessions seat on an interim basis.The general election for the Senate set will be Dec. 12.
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