Is America really at a point where someone who claims Muslims are either going to convert you or kill you thinks he can be president? Apparently, if you run as a Tea Party star, the answer is yes. Or so Herman Cain believes.
Via Think Progress:
At one point, Christianity Today reminded Cain about an incident where he was a “little uncomfortable” finding out that his cancer surgeon’s name was Abdallah until he “found out he was a Lebanese Christian.” The magazine followed up by asking, “So what’s your perspective on the role of Muslims in American society?” Cain responded by saying that, while he thinks that Muslims do have a right to practice their religion in America, he resents when they try to convert Americans because their religion instructs them to convert all “infidels” or kill them:
CT:When speaking about your battle with cancer at the Milner church, at one point, you indicate that you were a little uncomfortable when you found out that your surgeon’s name was Abdallah, until you found out he was a Lebanese Christian. So what’s your perspective on the role of Muslims in American society?
CAIN: The role of Muslims in American society is for them to be allowed to practice their religion freely, which is part of our First Amendment. The role of Muslims in America is not to convert the rest of us to the Muslim religion. That I resent. And so I push back and reject them trying to convert the rest of us. And based upon the little knowledge that I have of the Muslim religion, you know, they have an objective to convert all infidels or kill them.
Although that attitude probably endears Cain to some of his Tea Party backers, rather than rightfully offends them, it’s hard to imagine any mainstream candidate thinking it would work well in a president. Even if he could get elected without winning any votes from the American Muslim population, there are still Muslims in the world that would need to be talked to, regardless of his utter Islamophobia.
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