Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, one of three Republican candidates running for governor, has drawn rebukes after suggesting that Islam may be a "cult" instead of a religion. . .
The remarks brought a swift rebuke from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the country's most prominent Islamic civil liberties group. CAIR's spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that Ramsey's remark "seems to be part of a trend nationwide in which there are those who are seeking to delegitimize the faith of Islam so that Muslim civil and religious rights can somehow be restricted."
Hooper later told the Tennessean: "Islam is the faith of one-fifth of the world's population. [It's] not a cult; it's a real religion. And American Muslims have the same religious and constitutional rights as other citizens." (More)