After his state representative asked a local Muslim leader—whose mosque had been attacked by arsonists—to denounce terrorism, Murfreesboro, Tennessee second-grade teacher Aaron Nuell decided he’d had enough. The ensuing email correspondence between Nuell and State Rep. Rick Womick is fascinating. A sample:
"I was raised a faithful Jew by a prominent Jewish father, and I now have a devout Muslims roommate with no issues/problems/terrorism/constitution-usurping in my household. He wakes up at 5AM to pray (before going back to sleep), and I want you to know that he is a moral and righteous person. No alcohol, no funny business. My question is this: Which Muslims are trying to usurp our constitution with Sharia law? Is it the family here in town who a small business selling cars? Is it the man who owns the independent, all-natural grocery store? Tell me who is fighting for this, and I will stand corrected, however if this is just the word-of-mouth from those highly-paid out-of-town Sharia law speakers, then I am forced to conclude that such a statement is based in paranoia and lies."
"I was just like, ‘Look, Bro, if you’re going to propose this bill again next year, this is just a waste of our time.’ This guy has forgotten he’s an elected official.’ I got up to leave and I said, ‘You don’t have job security and you will not be back again next year.’"
— Knoxville tea partier William Coley, explaining to MoJo's Tim Murphy why he was asked to leave the office of Tennessee State Rep. Judd Matheny last week. Coley, who is Muslim, fears the state's anti-Sharia legislation could be used to target tea party groups as well.
Who says bipartisanship doesn’t exist anymore? The Chattanooga News reports that Dems and GOPers united in the Volunteer State to grumble about an angry canine in the government plaza.
An emotional speech on the House floor by state Rep. JoAnne Favors, D-Chattanooga, has led to an emphasis on the ban of pets in the legislative plaza of the Tennessee Capitol.
Favors said that she encountered a dog in the plaza while coming out of a committee meeting. “This huge dog was just coming back and forth, back and forth, and I was just so fearful,” Favors said in an interview. The experience upset her so much that she felt the need to speak out on the House floor about her “extreme fear of dogs.”
RC: What are the specific requirements in the bill?
MB: That they have to have the long form birth certificate.
RC: What is the long form birth certificate?
MB: Now, you’re asking me to get into a lot of things that I haven’t really looked into yet.
Tennessee state Sen. Mae Beavers, attempting to explain to an Internet radio show host why she introduced a bill to require presidential candidates to submit a long-form birth certificate. Read the full story here.