Sharron Angle Claims Dearborn, Michigan, Ruled by Sharia Law

At a Tea Party rally in Mesquite, Nevada, Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle made comments about the American Muslim community that have understandably raised some hackles.

The Associated Press' Cristina Silva got hold of a recording of the event in which Angle is asked by a rally attendee, "I keep hearing about Muslims wanting to take over the United States ... on a TV program just last night, I saw that they are taking over a city in Michigan and the residents of the city, they want them out. They want them out. So, I want to hear your thoughts about that."

Angle, never one to back down from a potentially incriminating statement, responded:

"We're talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe it isn't a widespread thing, but it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it."

"My thoughts are these, first of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas, are on American soil, and under constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don't know how that happened in the United States," she said. "It seems to me there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States."

Angle is running against Democrat and current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Recent polls show the two candidates in a neck-and-neck race. 

Read the full story at the Detroit Free Press.

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Nicole Allan is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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