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Mosque leaders respond to Herman Cain's comments

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MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain stirred up a crowd of his supporters outside the Rutherford County courthouse Thursday during a campaign rally.

He also stirred up controversy within the Muslim community after a reporter from the Daily News Journal asked what he thought about the Mosque as he was leaving the stage.

"I think it is an infringement and abuse of our freedom of religion, and I don't agree with what's happening here because this isn't an innocent mosque," Cain responded. "This is another way to sneak Shariah law into our laws, and I absolutely object to that."

Saleh Sbenaty of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro expressed disappointment in Cain's statements that the proposed mosque would spread extremism.

"It's really sad to hear those words coming out from a GOP candidate, who is not only supposed to believe in but uphold the U.S. Constitution," he said.

Sbenaty says Cain shouldn't be making blanket statements without even reaching out to the Muslim community here in Murfreesboro.

Cain had previously said he would not hire a Muslim to work in his administration if elected president.

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