Before being was known for his “999” tax plan and sexual harassment of women, Herman Cain garnered a reputation as the Islamophobia Candidate in the Republican presidential race.
In a March interview with ThinkProgress, Cain declared that he “will not” appoint any Muslims in his cabinet if he were elected president. Cain went on to qualify this position over the ensuing weeks, bouncing from a blanket ban on Muslims to no restrictions at all to only allowing Muslims if they took a special loyalty oath. Four months later, Cain relented and issued an apology to Muslim Americans after meeting with a group of Muslim leaders.
Sadly, it appears that Cain’s change of heart was fleeting. In a recent interview with GQ, Cain was asked about his ThinkProgress interview and his views on extremism within the Muslim community. Citing one unnamed Muslim he’d spoken with, Cain claimed that “a majority of Muslims share the extremist views.” He went on to clarify that he was referring to a majority of Muslims in the United States.
GQ: Do you think that there is a greater tendency among the Muslim faith for that kind of extremism?
CAIN: That would be a judgment call that I’m probably not qualified to make, because I can’t speak on behalf of the entire Muslim community. I have talked with Muslims that are peaceful Muslims. And I have had one very well known Muslim voice say to me directly that a majority of Muslims share the extremist views.
GQ: A majority?
CAIN: Yes, a majority.
GQ: Do you think he’s right?
CAIN: Yes, because that’s his community. That’s his community. I can’t tell you his name, but he is a very prominent voice in the Muslim community, and he said that. […]
GQ: But you’re believing it?
CAIN: Yes, because of the respect that I have for this individual. Because when he told me this, he said he wouldn’t want to be quoted or identified as having said that.
There are approximately 1.8 million Muslims currently living in the United States; over 900,000 of which are extremists in Cain’s estimation.
To cast collective guilt on nearly 1 million Americans, based on nothing more than their religion, is wrong, shameful, and unbefitting a man running for the nation’s highest office.
(HT: Faith in Public Life)