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Herman Cain Apologizes to Muslims

by Professor Will Huhn on July 28, 2011

in Constitutional Law,Freedom of Religion,Wilson Huhn

After meeting with Muslim leaders at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Virginia, Herman Cain issued a brief apology for previous statements he had made.

Having criticized Herman Cain for remarks he made stating that he would be hesitant to hire Muslims in his administration and that local communities have the right to block the construction of mosques, it is appropriate to acknowledge that Cain has met with Muslim leaders and apologized.

Evan McMorris-Santoro of Talking Points Memo reports in Herman Cain Apologizes To Muslims that Cain issued the following statements to reporters:

"While I stand by my opposition to the interference of sharia 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," he said in the statement. "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."

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"As I expected, we discovered we have much more in common in our values and virtues," Cain said. "In my own life as a black youth growing up in the segregated South, I understand their frustration with stereotypes. Those in attendance, like most Muslim Americans, are peaceful Muslims and patriotic Americans whose good will is often drowned out by the reprehensible actions of jihadists."

Juana Summers of Politico, in Herman Cain hosts meeting with Muslim leaders, reports on the reaction of Robert Marro, board member of ADAMS: 

âI would be flabbergasted if he ever repeated those statements and said that communities should be allowed to ban mosques,â He said. âI think that the meeting today has changed his mind 100 percent. From the tenor of the conversation, I canât see him repeating such things.â

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Marro said Cainâs statement was âas close to a heartfelt and sincere apology that Iâve seen from any politician anywhere.â

Summers correctly points out that Cain "didn't renounce his earlier comments."  However, his apology is a courageous act, and Cain is to be applauded for meeting with Muslims with an open mind and offering them an open hand.

{ 1 comment }

Da King July 28, 2011 at 9:31 am

I was hoping to hear something like this from Cain. Like I said before, his previous remarks about Muslims were overly broad and sounded racist. I'm glad he restated his position.

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