State Rep. Says Expel Muslims from U.S. Military

Nov 14, 2011

Comments by a Tennessee State Representative are getting Rutherford County still more national attention for anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Over the weekend local and national Muslim groups called on Tennessee officials to rebuke Rockvale Republican Rick Womick for comments he made Friday.

At a gathering of conservatives in Gallatin, where the subject was Sharia law, Womick was captured on video saying he thinks Muslims should not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military.

Womick reiterated those comments Saturday in an interview with the Daily News Journal.

Islamic Center of Murfreesboro member Saleh Sbenaty says Womick should be reminded that thousands of Muslims have served, and are serving, in the U.S. military to preserve the country's freedoms and many have died for it.