Bredesen, Haslam and McWherter on Mosque Fire

Gov. Phil Bredesen said that, if the Murfreesboro mosque fire turns out to be arson, he still believes it “relatively muted” in light of past American actions such as the federal government’s mass interment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Further excerpts from a report by Andy Sher:
But when it comes to issues such as the mosque and illegal immigration, the governor urged Tennessee politicians to “please remember who we are as a country and, you know, have some tolerance. Perhaps if you’re a Republican and want to gig a Democrat or a Democrat and want to gig a Republican then find some places to do it that don’t drive these kinds of passions and hatreds in a way that I think is very un-American.”
…Asked for the mayor’s thoughts Monday in light of the Murfreesboro incident and Bredesen’s remarks, Haslam spokesman David Smith said via e-mail that “the mayor’s faith is very important to him, and he respects the right of others to practice their faith, so long as they are respectful of the communities in which they live and the laws of the land.”
Democratic nominee Mike McWherter, meanwhile, said in an e-mailed statement that “regardless of political or religious beliefs this hateful act of intolerance is not acceptable in Murfreesboro or anywhere else in the country. Furthermore, those individuals responsible for this cowardly act should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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