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Herman Cain: No ‘Special Precautions’ For Muslims In Government

19 June 2011 Huffington Post 4 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

MINNEAPOLIS — Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain defended his statements on Muslims in a meeting with bloggers Saturday, saying he would allow a Muslim to enter his administration like anyone else — even while he continued to say he would use special precautions to keep out terrorists.

In May, Cain said he would not allow a Muslim to work in his cabinet because of “creeping Shariah law.” At the conservative Right Online conference Saturday, the presidential hopeful said he’s not racist, but careful.

“I am not anti-Muslim. I am anti-terrorist,” he said. “My statement has been misconstrued several times. I’ve even been called a bigot, because I’ve expressed a desire to be cautious if I were to consider a Muslim for my administration.”

Still, he stood by that caution, tying Muslims to violent extremism and terrorism threats.

“I’m thinking from the perspective of what [Israeli President Benjamin] Netanyahu said when I first heard him two months after 9/11/2001,” he said. “Number one, he said terrorism is going to last a long time, and number two, America’s got to learn that they — the terrorists, the jihadists — they want to kill all of us.”

“So no, I’m not going to play nicey nice and say that I’m not going to take extra precautions in order to be able to make sure that we can do our job,” he said.

Later, when pressed on what those extra precautions might be, Cain became angry and yelled at a reporter. “I never said I would use any ‘special precautions!'” he said. “I never used those words. Those words were used by somebody on the Internet.”

The reporter asked if a Muslim would get into the administration like anyone else if they applied. Cain replied, “Yes.”

Later, Cain touted his ability to make calm, rational decisions based on fact when asked about his foreign policy. “They like the fact that I’m not going to make a snap, shoot-from-the-hip judgment,” he said of his fans.

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  1. Wasn’t Timothy McVeigh a Christian? Better not let any of those into government. They have already more than “crept” into our laws, especially in holding back medical science with stem cells and with women’s rights. They hold back sex education and accurate teaching of science, biology and history in public schools. The Christians are a menace!

  2. Timothy McVeigh was not a Christian. While McVeigh was a mass murderer and terrorist he did not kill in the name of God.

  3. Herman should stick with pizza.

  4. linda,

    do u think muslims r pro-abortion? the holy qu ran says that women should inherit half as much as men. ur right we should be trying to eliminate all religious people from office. they r all crazy. it’s called seperation of church and state!!!!!!!!!

    ” A further reason why a bequest in favour of an heir is not allowed is that it would amount to giving preference to some heirs over others, thus defeating the spirit of the law which has fixed the portion of each in the inheritance and causing disputes among persons related to one another. If the other heirs consent to a bequest to one of them or to a bequest of more than one-third of the estate, the above reasons no longer hold good and the bequest as made will be valid” (Abdur Rahim, The Principles of Muhammadan jurisprudence, pp. 311-2).

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