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Herman Cain Apologizes for Anti-Muslim Statements

Herman Cain Apologizes for Anti-Muslim Statements

Herman Cain, the GOP presidential candidate who infamously declared that he would not appoint a Muslim to his cabinet, and announced that Americans should be permitted to ban mosques from their communities, seems to have seen the error of his ways.  Following a meeting with Muslim-American leaders, Cain released a statement of apology, saying that he had enjoyed the “heartfelt dialogue,” which took place in one of DC’s largest mosques.

“I remain humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends,” Cain said. “I am truly sorry for any comments that may have betrayed any commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it.”

He added that he’s still opposed to the “interference of shariah law into the American legal system,” but that he nonetheless respected Muslims’ right to worship publicly.  That’s a ridiculously basic realization to make, and although Cain’s apology may be contrite, it’s also entirely possible that he was informed that his Islamophobia was derailing his campaign and making him into a laughingstock.

As Tim Murphy points out at Mother Jones, “Cain, despite running on a platform of constitutional conservatism, jumped to bigoted conclusions about American Muslims based on a handful of readily debunked conspiracy theories.”  Not exactly qualities you want in a presidential candidate, no matter how sorry he is when he realizes his mistake.

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12:39PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

He is a Bigot.Period. A leopard never changes its spots. Probably had some big deals, breathing down his neck, for showing his hatred, openly, for muslims; when it should have been voiced, behind 'closed doors', amongst' members only'. 'Retract your statements' and 'discreetly spread hatred' in future, were probably the commands of his sponsors.

7:26PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

who cares, he is irrelevant.

1:18PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Although the apology was overdue and the comments should never have been made, his bigotry was exposed and I cannot believe that he is truly changed in that.

1:15PM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

Agree with Jan N.

1:13AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Pesonally i think he isn't really sorry. I think in the wake of the Norway incident some advisor may have told him that it was muslim hating statements like yours that fuelled the terrorist Brevik to kill people. We dont want to get blamed for it and more so we dont want someone taking you seriously to the extent that such incidents happen in the US as well. So might as well suck up and appologize before your campaign gets derailed or you get lynched.

12:51AM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Too little too late. This is something that they seem to be doing since a long time. They catch someone with a beard and the papers publish his pictures on the front page with the headline that an Al Qaida suspect terrorist was apprehended. After a few months of inquiry he is let go with an appology and the news of his release is either not published or just published in some corner of the same newspaper that reported his arrest on the front page with a huge picture.

But by then the damage has been done. the objective of the propaganda has been fulfilled. a symbol of terrorism has been created, any body who is a muslim and has a beard and especially if he is an arab have instantly been profiled for terrorism.

I would like to blame the Americans who stood by his statements and defended his logic with all they had. They added fuel to the fire of hatred. Members of care2 like Rob and Jay B, Vlasta M, Lydia and so on.

When are Americans themselves going to think. they are shown colors (Yellow, Orange, Red) to determine that they are in danger, they are told that muslims are satanists and the Quran is from the devil and they flock to burn it, someone says that we should not give the muslims the right to build mosques to practice their religion and they find reason it that too. Americans must really be mentally incapable of distinguishing between lies and truth.

4:14PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

Since it is so unlikely as to be hallucinatory that a Rep would admit that the very basis of his bigotry was a slander to start with.

It is humiliating that politician can stand up, open their mouths and say that they are going to do something unconstitutional to prevent something that is ALREADY illegal, and have people give that even 2 seconds of credence or the fellow that said it.

Trust me on this...He's made his mealy-mouthed apology, but that he said this will be the part a lot of his target voter ship is supposed to remember.

8:59PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

It's about time!!

11:41AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Is Br'er Rabbit fight'n with that mean 'ol tar babby?

7:10AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Standard political non-apology. He’s not sorry for the content of what he said, he wasn’t wrong to say it, and he still means it. He’s just pretending to care if anyone’s feelings were hurt. He could have just said “Too bad those people are so thin-skinned” and called it a day.

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