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GOP Presidential Candidate “Resents” Muslim-Americans

GOP Presidential Candidate Herman Cain says that he “resents” when Muslims try to convert other people to Islam. In an interview with Christianity Today, Cain said:

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. Because we are a Judeo-Christian nation, from the fact that 85 percent of us are self-described Christians, or evangelicals, or practicing the Jewish faith. Eighty-five percent. One percent of the practicing religious believers in this country are Muslim.

And so I push back and reject them trying to convert the rest of us…

I find this hilariously ironic, because Mr. Cain is, himself, an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta. If you look on the front page of the Church’s website it says: “Fellowship. EVANGELISM. Doctrine. Stewardship.” [Emphasis mine].

What is the definition of evangelism?

The preaching or promulgation of the gospel;

In other words, trying to convert other people to the Christian faith. Indeed, that is one of the main missions of Evangelical Christianity. So, according to Mr. Cain, who is considering a run for the Presidency in 2012, Christians can try to convert other people, but Muslims need not apply. In fact, he will “push back and reject” any sort of Muslim evangelizing, because that is “not their role” in American society.

One would scratch their head in utter amazement at the hypocrisy of this man, but when one reads the interview, it is not surprising why he would have such a view. Mr. Cain himself admitted he had little knowledge about Islam, but it did not stop him from making sweeping judgments and stereotypes:

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.

Well, then, it makes sense that he would “resent” Muslim evangelism. In fact, it is patriotic of him to do so! Of course, Christians have never converted people under threat of death…(cough)…The Inquisition…(cough).

What’s more, he doesn’t even try to hide his bias against Muslims. He recounts his story battling cancer, and he said that when he found out his surgeon’s name was Dr. Abdallah (a presumptive Muslim), he was uncomfortable. When he was told, “Don’t worry, he’s a Christian,” Cain says, “he felt a whole lot better.” Wow.

Apparently, in the eyes of Herman Cain, all Americans are equal:

People use the race card, they use the class warfare card, to divide us. And the biggest challenge we face is for more and more people to be educated and not fall for those tricks and divide this nation. Do people still discriminate in some small ways against certain people because of their color or their religion? Yes. But it is nowhere near where it was 235 years ago.

It seems that Cain is trying to say that a little discrimination is OK.

When it comes to Muslims, some Americans are just more equal than others…

Addendum I:

If any Muslim candidate had said this about Jews, his career would be over faster than he could scarf down a halal beef-pretending-to-be-pepperoni pizza.  And rightfully so.  Yet, Cain says these statements with relative impunity.  Contrast this lack of reaction from the public to the hysteria that surrounded Alexandra Wallace, the UCLA girl who ranted against Asians in the library.  It’s strange that a random YouTube girl gets her academic career destroyed by such comments, whereas Cain’s political career is not over even though his comments were even more odious than hers…and even though he–unlike Ms. Wallace–never apologized for them.  He didn’t need to apologize because the public never demanded him to.  Truly, prejudice against Muslims and Arabs is the last socially acceptable form of bigotry in America.

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  • No wonder he is scared of conversion, most Mosques manage to pull more worshipers than your average Church, they feel threatened. That is what I think half of all this is about. Here in Malaysia, some evangelicals have been pulling some pretty low tricks on Muslims to ‘convert’ them. One I know of is giving sweets that have ‘Holy Water’ in them to Muslims so the Muslims eat them and are thus ‘converted’! The other is giving out a special Bible with all the nasty bits cut out so it looks like it’s sunshine and roses in Camp Evangelical. If your faith (evangelism) is having to go that low then really, I see why you are worried about Muslims!

    Anyway, hypocrite to the last and rather sad that he can get away with this. As someone said, if someone dared do this in a country like the UK then they would never get near office. The fact that he can *and* that it is accepted is worrying.

  • JD

    Yes and unless we WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE soon thre will be a situation much like the Bosnian Genocide Rawanda or the many storys you hear in the news from other Africa countrys where Melitia members go house rapeing and killing the “other guy” because that is where we are heading.

    We need to and I know this is a impossible task in the muslim community orginize and VOTE. WE need keep track and remind people of what these people are saying. every time one of these republican comes to your local mosque of votes during election season You should remind him and everyone at the mosque what his party is saying and what he said about muslim…. If you get in a interview in the Media Tell them who you voted for and WHY same goes to muslim leaders.

    We are only 1% but If these people want to get into office our 1% vote and future vote they will need to treat us like equal citizens of the USA that we are.

  • AJ

    Can we find out who else besides Loonwatch does something about these politicians and their statements? It seems that Muslims are generally in deep slumber and don’t care whats uttered about them. Its open season for anybody to say whatever about Muslims.

  • Ibn Mikael

    @ Isa

    The only problem though is that it’s quite simply true. Christians believe Allah incarnated as a human male who was both fully man and fully god. By this very definition–which you’d be hard pressed to find a Christian who disagrees with–you would have to conclude that Allah (in the form of Isa (pbuh)) had human bodily functions. Now if Allah incarnating as a human being wasn’t such a central tenet of Christianity I might agree with you, but it’s the essence of the religion: Allah incarnating as a human being to die for humanity’s sins. I don’t have to agree with Christian dogma in order for me to respect the rights of Christians to worship freely, just as Christians don’t have to agree with Islamic dogma in order for us to live and worship freely.

  • TheDemiprist

    How unfortunate, an Allen West clone has appeared.

  • jacque

    Herman Cain isn’t going anywhere in the next election. His rhetoric only appeals to the Southern part of the United States and there are not enough electoral votes in that part of the country. He probably wouldn’t win in the southern state of Florida since they don’t have enough crazy people living there.

    He won’t win other southern states as well because some of them still have a problem with having a black man in charge of them. Just watch any film about Mississippi. Just kidding.

    Cain needs to realize that he must tone down his racist rhetoric and then, in order to get the southern states to vote for him, do the michael jackson thing.

    I would say that it is only a matter of time before he disappears in oblivion except that Fox News is probably going to give him his own show or hire him as a commentator that is going to be on all the time.

  • JoJoJamil

    If ignorance is bliss then this and many like him are some of the happiest people on the planet! First of all evangelism in Islam is FORBIDDEN….yes FORBIDDEN PEOPLE!!!
    “There is no forcing anyone into this way of life. The truth stands clear from falsehood. Anyone who rejects wrongdoing and believes in Allah, has grasped a firm hand-hold that never breaks, because Allah hears and knows everything.” (Qur’an 2:254)

    “So if they dispute with you, say ‘I have submitted my whole self to God, and so have those who follow me.’ And say to the People of the Scripture and to the unlearned: ‘Do you also submit yourselves?’ If they do, then they are on right guidance. But if they turn away, your duty is only to convey the Message. And in God’s sight are all of His servants.” (Quran 3:20)

    I realize that there are several stories of forced conversion coming from various countries such as Pakistan. But I have to tell you, as a Muslim I don’t understand why this is going on if those involved really do follow the teachings of the Qur’an and Prophet Mohammad just like many Christians cannot explain why atrocities have been committed in the name of their religion.

  • Isa

    “I guess when you’re dealing with a religion that tells you Allah went around defecating (may Allah be preserved of such vulgar actions)”

    That’s a literal, sarcastic, Ahmed Deedat-esque polemical interpretation of what Christianity teaches. I don’t think fighting religious bigotry WITH religious bigotry is going to make things better.

  • Isa

    “Can Cain not see his bigotry is exactly the same that he and his ancestors have had to contend with?”

    It’s the same blindness that some conservative and rightwing Jews are suffering from. They can not see it, because it is not happening to them.

  • NassirH

    He was battling cancer and all he could think about was whether or not his doctor was a Mooslim? Wow.

  • Nur Alia

    Isnt this the guy who owns a pizza outfit?

    So…he would also be in favor of not letting his compitition in the pizza business advertise or mention thier product so he can promote his freely and unfettered.

    I say, boycott whatever brand of pizza he sells.

  • Mosizzle

    I would say it’s more to do with his belief in Christianity, and the fact that he feels like Islam is a competitor, rather than race.

  • FXG

    He is afraid of conversion because many blacks have become Muslims. I personally know at least 5 black families that has just recently converted. This guy is just playing the “house negro” role as Malcolm X said.

  • Anj

    He the cretinous bigot is afraid of Muslims evangelising.
    Remind me again: how many bibles were shipped to Iraq after the Christians bombed it to the stone age? How many churches have been opened in baghdad alone since the Christian invasion? Where is the finances coming from- that’s right evangelical churches in the USA!

  • Doesn’t it sounds funny? Mr. Cain claims he is afraid of the muslims converting rest of the Americans into muslims. That’s really funny, but it’s good to know that Mr. Cain doesn’t know much about Islam. Me as an individual, i would have appreciate it better if and only if ALL the islamophobes could say it in public like this, that they don’t know much about islam n’ the muslims in general, because this will make the entire American Muslims work on educating the American non muslims, if they got educated on what the religion (islam) preaches, atleast the hate mongers will go back and get some rest

  • Ibn Mikael

    lol, I always find it funny that Christians are so terrified that we’ll convert them to Islam. You would think they’d be secure enough in their own religion that they wouldn’t have this fear, but I guess when you’re dealing with a religion that tells you Allah went around defecating (may Allah be preserved of such vulgar actions) or that the world is 6000 years old and that fossils were planted by the devil, it’s a pretty legitimate fear.

  • Jack

    Bryan Fischer, who works for the conservative Christian group the American Family Association also said that Islam is not protected by First Amendments Rights. According to Fischer, the First Amendment is a priviledge that has to be earned, not a right.

    Hm, I guess when the Constitution talks about the inalienable rights of Man, it also means these are priviledges, not rights.

  • Cynic

    Of course, Christians have never converted people under threat of death… (cough)…The Inquisition…(cough).

    Inb4 JihadBob goes into a logically fallacious rampage after reading this sentence.

  • The irony of Herman Cain’s resistance to Muslims seeking to convert Christians here in the USA is almost funny. Christians are so outspoken in condemning certain Muslim countries for their resistance to Christian evangelism! 🙄 So why is Mr. Cain resisting Muslim “evangelism” if he believes it’s so awful that Muslims in Saudi Arabia forbid Christian evangelism?

    I personally have no fear of “evangelism” from any religious group. I say “more power to you”. If one is afraid of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Muslims, or Evangelical Christians, it must be because that person is insecure in his/her faith – holding a suppressed fear that the other party might in fact be right. And that would just be unthinkable, right? 😆

    If one fears that the “evangelizers” are spreading lies about his/her faith, the answer is to educate the believers so they’ll be aware of the lies of the “evangelizers”, and the real truth of one’s professed religion. If Muslims are afraid of Evangelical Christian “lies”, then educate your fellow Muslims about the truth of Islam so they’ll be prepared to recognize and be able to expose the lies of the “Evangelical”. And vice versa for Christians (like Herman Cain) who are afraid of Muslim “lies” about the Christian faith, and “evangelistic” efforts. Let each side evangelize to its heart’s content, and the other side seek to answer the arguments.

  • Nur Alia

    Then it is ok for me not to let Christians promote thier religion to me as a Muslim? It is ok for me, as a Muslim to say no, and tell them to get off my proerty. I think so.

    I would not be ‘persecuting’ them for voting againt thier building of a church that has more seating in it than the number of residents in the town I live in.

    Since most of the people in the nation where I live are Muslim, by his own admisstion, Christians are not covered by equal protections, rights and freedoms afforded to everyone here, since they are only a ‘small minority’ of the population.

    …but, as a Muslim, I would stand with them for thier right to worship as they please, peacefully, and with diginity…that is…as long as they do not impose themselves on us.

  • Mosizzle

    “And based upon the little knowledge that I have of the Muslim religion….”

    If only all Islamophobes were this honest about their lack of knowledge and total ignorance when it comes to Islam, it would save Loonwatch a lot of time.

    As a resident of the UK, I am confused why such people can even be considered to be presidential candidates in the US. If a British politician made such remarks (openly), he would never be allowed anywhere near 10 Downing Street by his party.

  • corey

    if people like this have there way I get the feeling policies of making muslims wear the crescent star symbols so we can identify who we should watch out for to see if they are terrorists wont be far behind, and with what people like Herman cain is saying, to people taking the words of pseudo scholars of Islam being taken seriously and peter kings show trials one has to admit the parallels of what is going on in america with muslims to what went on with the jews in nazi germany isn’t a comparison thats not far off when one studies on were it started and how it turned out.

  • Daniel

    What a hypocrite, a bigot and an all-around jerk.

    What if I said something like this:

    “The role of blacks in American society is for them to be allowed to live freely, which is part of our First Amendment. The role of blacks in America is not to convert the rest of us to accepting them as our equals. That I resent. Because we are a White nation, from the fact that 75 percent of us are self-described Whites. Seventy-five percent. Twelve percent of Americans are black.

    And so I push back and reject them trying to have the same rights as the rest of us…”

    Can Cain not see his bigotry is exactly the same that he and his ancestors have had to contend with?

    I guess Abel wasn’t exactly his brother….

  • mindy1

    Can we say hypocrite 😉 ALL religions try to convert, that is their job. I would NOT care about my doctors faith, just that he passed his boards :p

  • marco

    Its open season on muslims as it gets closer to the elections next year. They’ll probably see who can score the most points with their racist bigotted voters by attacking muslims & arabs.

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