What do Glenn Beck, Think Progress and Robert George Have in Common?
…They all agree Herman Cain has gone off the deep end. The GOP Presidential candidate’s anti-Islam extremism continues to grow, with him now telling Glenn Beck he would make Muslims swear a special loyalty oath before serving in his cabinet — a requirement he wouldn’t make other religious appointees swear.
When even Glenn Beck is surprised at your extremism, you may want to take a look in the mirror. Scott Keyes at Think Progress puts it in context:
Cain’s requirement that Muslim nominees take a loyalty oath while Catholics and Mormons would be exempted is not only bigoted, it’s also ironic considering that the same suspicion was once levied at Catholics. During the 1960 presidential election, anti-Catholic sentiment held that if then-Sen. John F. Kennedy were elected president, his Catholic faith would make him beholden to the Pope rather than the United States. Such views were abhorrent when directed at Catholics 50 years ago, and they are abhorrent when directed at Muslims today.
In a sign of how this issue transcends traditional ideological divisions, conservative Catholic scholar Robert George similarly excoriated Cain for his extremism:
If his words are being reported accurately, what he said is wrong, foolish, and unacceptable. It is disrespectful of Muslims, the vast majority of whom in our country are, as Cain himself seems to acknowledge, loyal, honorable citizens; and it is incompatible with a sound understanding of religious freedom (and with the spirit, if not the letter, of the Constitution’s no-religious-tests clause).
Good on George for being willing to call out the growing trend of Islamophobia in his own movement. Hopefully more conservatives will join him and help push anti-Muslim bigotry out of legitimate political discourse.