Republican presidential contender Herman Cain has made a big deal about his beloved Tea Party being inclusive, especially of African-Americans such as himself (and myself, natch). One group decidedly not invited, at least to his Tea Party? Muslim Americans. The former pizza magnate spoke so much of things like loyalty (to America, presumably) tests for Muslim government employees and banning mosques that some wondered whether he was campaigning more against Islam than he was his Republican competitors, polls be damned.
Well, perhaps Mr. Cain finally realized that demonizing an entire group of people based upon their religion is so 2001. As such, Mr. Cain agreed to meet with some Muslim leaders in northern Virginia. He did so yesterday, and it seems he now regrets this anti-Muslim campaign he’s waged. He has seen the light!
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. 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.
Are you buying that?