This is Cain's understanding of separation of church and state:
Our Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state. Islam combines church and state. They're using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community ... [The communities] objected to the fact that Islam is both a religion and a set of laws. ... They have a right to [ban a Mosque]Cain is correct that the Constitution guarantees church-state separation, but he then plunges into hypocrisy. He's right that Islam, as it is practiced in many middle-eastern countries does blend church and state, although this does not appear to be something the religion somehow imposes on the state but as something the state selects. But Cain appears to be claiming that Islam is a problem in the U.S. because Muslims "infuse their morals" in their communities. As James points out, Muslims are hardly unique in this regard. Just look at what his Republican Party and their revisionist historians have done with Christianity!
Once Cain makes the claim that communities have the right to ban Mosques, he ventures from run-of-the-mill hypocrisy into full-blown idiocy. By his "logic" communities also have the right to ban Christian churches. Of course, Cain's Christian privilege is likely blinding him to this double-standard. The sad thing is that his rabid bigotry toward Muslims will probably play well among his largely xenophobic and thoroughly Christian base.
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