Many have noted the pushback coming from social conservatives in Iowa, against suggestions that – given the economy – their issues should be set aside for the moment.
“If you turn your backs on the pro family pro life constituency… you will be consigned to permanent minority status,” Ralph Reed told presumptive presidential candidates earlier this month at his Faith and Freedom Coalition forum.
Among those at the event was Herman Cain, who must have been listening. The former candidate for U.S. Senate from Georgia has been getting some ink – bytes?—as a result of this passage from the tail-end of an interview with Christianity Today:
CT: When speaking about your battle with cancer at the Milner church, at one point, you indicate that you were a little uncomfortable when you found out that your surgeon’s name was Abdallah, until you found out he was a Lebanese Christian. So what’s your perspective on the role of Muslims in American society?
Cain: The role of Muslims in American society is for them to be allowed to practice their religion freely, which is part of our First Amendment. The role of Muslims in America is not to convert the rest of us to the Muslim religion. That I resent. Because we are a Judeo-Christian nation, from the fact that 85 percent of us are self-described Christians, or evangelicals, or practicing the Jewish faith. Eighty-five percent. One percent of the practicing religious believers in this country are Muslim.
And so I push back and reject them trying to convert the rest of us. And based upon the little knowledge that I have of the Muslim religion, you know, they have an objective to convert all infidels or kill them. Now, I know that there are some peaceful Muslims who don’t go around preaching or practicing that.
Well, unfortunately, we can’t sit back and tolerate the radical ones simply because we know that there are some of them who don’t believe in that aspect of the Muslim religion. So their role is to be allowed to practice their religion freely, just like we should be allowed to practice our religion freely, and not try to convert the rest of us.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider