Herman Cain, supposed defender of the U.S. Constitution, told Fox News this morning that American communities have the right to ban mosques.
Like I said Friday, Cain has proved himself to be no better than a David Duke or a Lester Maddox. His campaign was never going anywhere and had already peaked. Now he’s in the process of throwing away whatever reputation his brief moment in the sunshine might have brought him.
UPDATE: It should be noted that at least some conservatives understand the issues at stake here and understand the dangers and repugnance of what Cain has said.
At RedState, a poster by the name of T Christopher, apparently a once-fervent Cain supporter, writes, among other things:
“I know the Cain defenders will be out in full force and I’m sure my previous support for Mr. Cain will be washed away with the fact that I am so absolutely appalled by his Sunday remarks. I’m also very aware that sites like HuffPo and ThinkProgress will probably be the only places where I will find anyone who agrees with me; or at least will be willing to share their views. I get that; and I’m fine with that. Bring on the RINO assaults.
Despite that, I share this story and my thoughts with you without reservation, because last I checked it was among the many causes of conservatism to defend religion from all who would aim to do it harm; to uphold the Constitution and defend the First Amendment. Did I miss something? Did someone float around a memo addressing the change in our ideology and leave me off the distribution list?
Is Islam not a religion? If a “community” can tell a group of Muslims that they cannot construct a mosque, could another community not deny a group of Catholics the opportunity to construct a church? Could a community of atheists not deny all individuals the right to construct any places of worship?
… I am sincerely disappointed that Mr. Cain has decided to take his campaign in this direction. He has not only lost my support, he has now, regrettably, also lost my respect.”
Good for him.
– Jay Bookman