He asked a Muslim questioner if she wanted to replace the U.S. Constitution with Sharia. He didn’t get a straight answer. But why is it “belittl[ing] people’s opinions and people’s beliefs and people’s religions” to ask an adherent of a religion that has historically been inherently political whether or not she wants to implement its political aspects — which, after all, are being aggressively put forward today by armed groups (and some who operate in other ways) around the world?
Why didn’t she just answer Tancredo’s question?
“Tancredo wants one tongue: Candidate confronted by Arabic speaker,” by Sarah Liebowitz in the Concord Monitor (thanks to Brenda):
“I speak the same language as the people that flew into the towers; I speak the same language as all the Iraqis we are killing; I speak many languages, and I’m proud of it,” said Siham Elhamoumi, 22, who recently graduated from St. Michael’s College in Vermont and traveled to the event with a group from the college. “Am I the enemy?” Elhamoumi then pulled her shawl over her head, so it covered her hair. “Am I the enemy if I do this?”
“Do you take us for idiots, for people who have no appreciation of our history?” she asked. “Perhaps you don’t have an understanding of your country right now, of its composition.”
Tancredo repeatedly broke in, asking Elhamoumi to pose a question. He finally asked her a question of his own: “Do you believe that we should replace the Constitution with Sharia law?”
“That is below me,” Elhamoumi replied. “Do not belittle people’s opinions and people’s beliefs and people’s religions. Do not put one religion above the other.”