Monday, November 14, 2011

Haslam Refuses to Rebuke Womick for Anti-Muslim Talk

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Muslims around the country are calling on state officials to rebuke Rep. Rick Womick, R-Murfreesboro, for saying the U.S. should purge Muslims from the military. But if they want strong denunciations, Gov. Bill Haslam isn't their guy. He might be the chief executive of this state and the head of the Tennessee Republican Party, but he clearly doesn't see standing up for freedom of religion or striking a blow against bigotry as top priorities. Asked today what he had to say about Womick's remarks, the governor declared:

"I don’t think I would agree with Rick on that."

OK, governor, but we think Muslims want something a little stronger than that. Would you denounce Womick in some way?

"I don’t know that’s my role. I would just say that on that issue I don’t agree with Rick."

Womick, however, is standing by his comments. To the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, he said:

"Who are we at war with? We are at war with al-Qaeda and the Taliban, who are Muslims. It’s a Catch-22. They are not allowed to kill their fellow Muslims, we’re at war with Muslims. The only solution I see is that they not be allowed in the military."

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