NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The question of religion is playing a major role in one of the most heated congressional primary races in the country.
Republican Lou Ann Zelenik is challenging incumbent republican Diane Black in the sixth congressional district. When asked if she believed if Islam was a real religion, Zelenick said she believed it to be mostly political.
"I consider 15 percent of Islam a religion, 85 percent political. It's a total way of life. The only ones who do not call Islam a religion are the Muslims because it's not a religion," said Zelenik.
News Channel 5 Investigative reporter Ben Hall asked Zelenik asked if she felt Islam was a real religion or something else Zelenik was clear.
"I will tell you I don't agree with everything that they say in the Islamic religion or ideology or whatever you want to call it, but I think it has been established by the Federal government and it's protected as a religion and that's what I am going to abide by is the law," she said.
The entire interview of both candidates, including their take on the negative ads that have been such a big part of this campaign will air on Inside Politics on News Channel 5+ at 7 p.m. on July 27 or at 5 a.m. Sunday, July 29 on News Channel 5.