View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Is Herman Cain a Bigot?

Now that Huckabee isn't running, I've been looking at the political landscape to see if there's anyone I can support.

Some fans of Huckabee have been mentioning Herman Cain as a possibility, so I checked him out.

I agree with him on a number of issues. But then I came across his remarks about Muslims in government.

Asked if he'd be willing to appoint a Muslim as a Cabinet officer or judge, he said, “No. I will not. And here’s why: There’s this creeping attempt — there’s this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government.”

Wait a minute.

Now if he meant that he was not going to be pressured by political correctness to appoint a Muslim just because that person is a Muslim, okay, I could accept that.

But from the context he appears to mean that he would not appoint a qualified person just because that person is a Muslim.

That's unacceptable.

How would we react if a candidate said he would not appoint a person just because that person is Jewish?

Or Catholic?

Or African-American?

We'd call that bigotry.

I refuse to vote for a bigot.

So unless he can explain this one better - or apologizes - he's not about to get my vote.


Blogger Ed said...

This is not a matter of bigotry, but rather a matter of US law: Islam specifies treatment of women, gays, and others that is against our US Constitution and US law. (strange how lefties miss this- at their peril, methinks) Muslims are permitted to lie to infidels (that's me, and perhaps you, too) if in their judgement, said lie furthers the cause of Islam. So much for oaths of office. This crap has no place anywhere near our US Government.

2:50 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Where does Islam specify these things? What specifically is said/written in official Muslim teachings? And are these things the practices of "true believers" but are not the practices of many people who are ientified as Muslims?

When it comes to religion, there are people who are stict and literal, others who take a looser view. Think of Catholics and the broad range of practices and adherence to the teachings. Would it be fair or accurate to lump all Catholics together?

Some people would argue that the Catholic teachings regarding women (no ordination), abortion, and homosexual marriage are are "extremist" views, and against U.S. law. Should that preclude Catholics from holding office?

Our tradition in the U.S. is to treat people as individuals, not as a group.

Moreover, precluding an entire group because of their religious affiliation goes against the Constitution and U.S. law.

I am by no means a liberal, by the way. I'm a Rosary-saying, Secular Franciscan, pro-life activist who volunteered with the Huckabee campaign back in 2008.

7:20 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

My suspicion is it's due more to ignorance and insensitivity than to outright bigotry.

6:54 PM  

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