Oklahoma Representative for Ardmore, Pat Ownbey, was asked whether he thought Islam was a religion that should have First Amendment protection after posting a local writer’s essay on facebook that seemed to suggest otherwise. The post said that Islam was not a religion, Muslims shouldn’t be granted First Amendment religious protections, and because our political leaders didn’t appear willing to protect us we may have to take matters into our own hands.
Representative Ownbey’s response was not a resounding “yes” to the question. Instead, he said: “That’s an interesting question,” “Frankly, I haven’t done the studying on the Islamic religion to know everything there is to know about it, so to speak at it from an expert opinion would not be right for me to give you a particular opinion, unless I was jumping in there and doing a lot of research on it.”
And just to refresh what the law of the land says about the First Amendment with respect to religion: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”
It sure is interesting how some state representatives interpret the law!