Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Apologizes to Muslims
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain sat down with a small group of Muslims in Virginia earlier today and apologized for bigoted statements he’s made in the past, Politico reports.
Cain previously said that U.S. communities should be able to ban mosques because Islam is radically different from “our other traditional religions.” In addition to this appalling first amendment ignorance, Cain has also vowed that, if elected President, he would not appoint Muslims to his cabinet or as federal judges.
“While I stand by my opposition to the interference of shariah law into the American legal system, I remain humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends,” a statement from Cain read. “I am truly sorry for any comments that may have betrayed my commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it. Muslims, like all Americans, have the right to practice their faith freely and peacefully.”
Cain met with Muslims at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, Virginia. The group serves 6,000 families in the Washington, DC area. ADAMS board member Robert Marro told Politico that he believes Cain “left the meeting with an entirely different view of what Muslims are and what mosques do.” Marro called Cain’s statement “as close to a heartfelt and sincere apology that I’ve seen from any politician anywhere.”
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