Herman Cain Back to His Old Ways on Islamaphobia
Herman Cain’s backslide into anti-Muslim bigotry continues this week with new comments in his interview with GQ magazine. Asked about his previous comments suggesting that, as President, he would not appoint a qualified Muslim to his cabinet, Cain reiterated his original sentiments:
Devin Gordon: Do you think that there is a greater tendency among the Muslim faith for that kind of extremism?
Herman 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.
Chris Heath: A majority?
Herman Cain: Yes, a majority.
Devin Gordon: Do you think he’s right?
Herman 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.
Chris Heath: I just find that hard to believe.
Herman Cain: I find it hard to believe.
Chris Heath: But you’re believing it?
Herman 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.
As a reminder, Cain’s original apology came as a result of his visit to the Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Virginia where he met with nationally respected Muslim leaders who Demonstrated the overwhelmingly peaceful, moderate nature of the Muslim community. When Cain says that he believes anonymous smears against Muslims writ large, he’s implicitly and unfairly accusing the Muslim leaders he met with, as well as millions of other Muslims.