Herman Cain thinks at least some Muslims are not terrorists
I don’t know much, or anything really, about the GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. Other than he is/was a “pizza magnate,” whatever that means, and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. But today at the Huffington Post, I read that Herman Cain said the following during an interview with Chris Wallace:
“Our Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state,” Cain said in an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “Islam combines church and state. They’re using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it. They disagree with it…
“Let’s go back to the fundamental issue,” Cain said. “Islam is both a religion and a set of laws — Sharia laws. That’s the difference between any one of our traditional religions where it’s just about religious purposes.”
“So, you’re saying that any community, if they want to ban a mosque…” Wallace began.
“Yes, they have the right to do that,” Cain said.
This is a repulsive attitude. I hope it does not represent the GOP at large. Just because one disagrees with Islam does not mean anyone should be able to ban Mosques. The US that I believe in is fundamentally opposed to such overreactions. He continues.
“Aren’t you willing to restrict people because of their religion?” Wallace asked.
“I’m willing to take a harder look at people who might be terrorists, that’s what I’m saying,” Cain replied. “Look, I know that there’s a peaceful group of Muslims in this country. God bless them and they’re free to worship. If you look at my career I have never discriminated against anybody, because of their religion, sex or origin or anything like that.”
“I’m simply saying I owe it to the American people to be cautious because terrorists are trying to kill us,” Cain said, “so yes I’m going to err on the side of caution rather than on the side of carelessness.”
Essentially, Cain’s position on Islam is: All Muslims are not terrorists, but most Muslims are probably terrorists, or at least, they scare me. We should exclude Islam because it makes me nervous. Mosque’s represent something that makes me nervous, and a lot of other Americans, so they should be banned. And if we take care of the Mosque problem, then we take care of the sharia problem.
Can someone, please, tell me how right-wing politicians are making mileage over the “sharia law is invading America” bullshit? This is largely the same bullshit as the “war on Christmas” that conservatives talking heads love so much.
This is driving TRC crazy. The notion that any kind of religious (sharia law) or anti-religious (athiest amoralists) movement in the US has started to “overtake” and “victimize” Christianity is simply craziness and has absolutely no basis in the reality of this country. Both Liberals and Conservatives, at least outside of local politics, have by necessity to wed themselves unequivocally to the Christian Church to stand a chance at national politics. (There are, maybe, a handful of exceptions, I know, but the House is mostly a local political environment). This is a Christian Nation.
Christianity won’t even allow evolution to take hold in this nation, but Herman Cain thinks that sharia law is starting to infuse the morals of the United States? Come on.
Also, though it may be true that “Islam combines church and state,” it would be preposterous to claim that modern conservatism in the past 10 years, driven often by the Evangelical Church, does not combine church and state in hopes of ridding our nation of any such barrier. PREPOSTEROUS.
*NOTE: TRC has historically attempted to maintain a fairly reasoned tone while blogging, and recognizes that recently this may be slipping. But sometimes there is no other option than to call bullshit what it is.