Islam is communism with a god, Sheriff Jim Hammond says

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond
photo Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond speaks during a news conference in this 2014 file photo.

Sheriff Jim Hammond told the Hamilton County Pachyderm Club on Monday that Islam is "communism with a god."

Hammond, who spent three years training police officers in the Middle East and previously served as a chaplain's yeoman in the U.S. Navy, said that Islam is "the strongest infringement that we've had in our country as a constitutional government since communism."

According to Hammond, more than 2,000 mosques or Islamic centers have opened in the U.S. in the last 24 years and he warned that citizens and law enforcement need to be move vigilant about Islamic activities.

He plans to speak with Tennessee sheriffs soon to help monitor activity of Muslims throughout the state.