The men running for the Tennessee Republican nomination for Governor don't seem particularly interested in discussing Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey's recent remarks that freedom of religion might not apply to Islam because, maybe, it's a cult. The campaign of Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, the frontrunner in the contest, offered only a terse response to a question about Ramsey's quote from the Tennessean this morning. Ramsey's remarks have drawn fire from Tennessee Muslims, but so far his fellow Republicans have let the matter lie.
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"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," a Haslam spokesperson told the paper.
Rep. Zack Wamp -- the man running just ahead of Ramsey in the primary fight, according to polls -- didn't respond to my request for comment on Ramsey's line at all.
The lone Democrat running for governor, businessman Mike McWherter, was a bit more forthcoming when I asked his campaign about Ramsey's remark.