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Crooks & Liars: Cain Joins Romney in Barring Muslims from Cabinet

March 29, 2011- At an event hosted by Rep. Steve King in Iowa last weekend, the clown car of would-be Republican White House hopefuls quickly put to rest quickly any notion of a "truce" on social issues. And while Newt Gingrich seemed to question whether Islam was a "true religion," former pizza mogul Herman Cain declared that as president he would not appoint a Muslim to his cabinet. But before you brush off Cain's as the ranting of a fringe conservative, it's worth remembering that GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney said pretty much the same thing.

For Republicans now holding show trials into the loyalty of American Muslims and waging a crusade against the mythical threat of Sharia law in the United States, ignoring the Constitution's prohibitions on religious tests for office is just the latest step on a slippery slope. On Saturday, Cain made the jump with both feet. Asked, "Would you be comfortable appointing a Muslim, either in your cabinet or as a federal judge?" Cain responded:

No, I would not. And here's why. There is this creeping attempt, there is this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government. This is what happened in Europe. And little by little, to try and be politically correct, they made this little change, they made this little change. And now they've got a social problem that they don't know what to do with hardly.

The question that was asked that "raised some questions" and, as my grandfather said, "I does not care, I feel the way I feel."

Apparently, Mitt Romney feels the same way.

In November 2007, the former Massachusetts Governor said as much to Mansoor Ijaz at a fundraiser in Las Vegas. As Ijaz recounted:

I asked Mr. Romney whether he would consider including qualified Americans of the Islamic faith in his cabinet as advisers on national security matters, given his position that "jihadism" is the principal foreign policy threat facing America today. He answered, "...based on the numbers of American Muslims [as a percentage] in our population, I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified. But of course, I would imagine that Muslims could serve at lower levels of my administration."

Despite Romney's subsequent denials, Greg Sargent and Steve Benen documented other witnesses and other occasions during which Mitt repeated his No Muslims Need Apply policy.



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