Who knew Islam is a religion too? Apparently not state Sen. Jim Tracy, one of the sponsors of the Religious Freedom Act. He's in a tight spot now as he's running for Congress in the Sixth District against Lou Ann Zelenik, who already has staked out her position in her campaign as a fierce hater of Muslims. Another Republican candidate in the race, state Sen. Diane Black, voted for the bill too.
Rutherford County planning officials learned of this little dilemma at a meeting with lawyers this week. "At the end of the day, we can't look at a mosque any differently than we do for a Church of Christ or Baptist church," planning commissioner Will Jordan said. What's the world coming to?
But there are Muslim pamphlets that promote killing, one commissioner sputtered. "Isn't that our Bible?" responded fellow Planning Commissioner Vincent Windrow, a pastor at Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church.