Wednesday, June 30, 2010

With Nothing to Lose, Ben Leming Sides with Muslims in the 'Boro

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 8:40 PM

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We think we like this guy Ben Leming, who is running to succeed Bart Gordon in Congress. Leming had the guts to speak out for Muslims in Murfreesboro. "The people that want to build a house of worship in Murfreesboro are not the enemy. Osama Bin Laden and his band of thugs and criminals are the enemy," he said as his Republican rivals fanned the flames of hatred. Leming isn't given much chance to win November's election. There's something exhilarating about having nothing to lose. Now, showing his sense of humor, he has issued a statement in which he pats Jim Tracy on the back for sticking up for religious freedom in America:

Murfreesboro, TN — Congressional candidate, U.S. Marine, and Iraq War combat veteran Ben Leming said he was encouraged by Jim Tracy’s courage in standing up for religious freedom in the State Senate.

“My message in this campaign is that while we may run as Republicans or Democrats, we must lead as Americans. This is an example of how Republicans and Democrats can come together to protect the Constitutional rights of all Americans,” said Leming.

“Most every American will say that they believe in the principles and rights provided in our Constitution, but State Senator Tracy’s actions last year speak louder than words,” said Leming.

Tracy sponsored the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” in the State Senate. The law protects land use for religious purposes. Nashville attorneys recently advised Rutherford County planning officials that the law protects the proposed Murfreesboro mosque on the grounds of religious land use.

“This isn’t a Republican or Democratic issue, this is an American issue. I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution in the Marines and I hold our Constitutional rights dear. I will stand with any official, Republican or Democrat, that will fight for religious freedom of all Americans,” said Leming.

Murfreesboro native Ben Leming is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Oakland High School. On May 1st, he finished 15 years of active duty service to the nation in the Marine Corps and is now a captain in the Marine Corps Reserves. He is a Democrat running for the seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Bart Gordon in Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District.

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