Herman Cain apologizes to American Muslims

Looking to revive his flagging GOP campaign for president, Herman Cain today sat down with a group of American Muslims in Virginia – and then issued the statement below, apologizing for a series of statements. In an impromptu interview in Iowa, Cain said he would not permit adherents of that faith in his cabinet:

While I stand by my opposition to the interference of shariah 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. 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. Muslims, like all Americans, have the right to practice their faith freely and peacefully.

As I expected, we discovered we have much more in common in our values and virtues. 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.

I am encouraged by the bonds of friendship forged today at our meeting, and I look forward to continuing this very healthy dialogue. The relationship we established was so positive that the Imam has invited me back to speak to not only some of their youth, but also at one of their worship services.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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104 comments Add your comment

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

July 27th, 2011
6:55 pm

Wow. Hermie really, really, really, really, really wants to be president. He was so defiant before. I wonder who told him to knock it off. He doesn’t have enough insight to understand what what a jerk he was being on his own.

Happy St. Pat's!

July 27th, 2011
7:12 pm

So *would* he appoint a Muslim to a cabinet position? Or did he just apologize for vocalizing? Is he in favor of repealing all blue laws, so that we don’t have religious law interfering with U.S. law under the Constitution?

justin Case

July 27th, 2011
7:17 pm

Herman it doesn’t take a man to make a mistake, it takes a man to admit it! Your still the man.

SallyB

July 27th, 2011
7:19 pm

Seems we have this situation again: The speaker does not retract what he said, but is sorry…not really sorry that he said it, just sorry that he got “called out” for what he said.

Ed

July 27th, 2011
7:24 pm

Enter your comments here

Ed

July 27th, 2011
7:25 pm

Why is everybody so afraid to offend Muslims?

Bill Maher

July 27th, 2011
7:26 pm

American Muslims should be called out! They are totally silent with their killing brotherhood! Are they afraid of being killed by their brothers in faith?

jconservative

July 27th, 2011
7:29 pm

All humans make mistakes. And all leaders are but human.

slp98

July 27th, 2011
7:30 pm

What a jerk. I know many African-American hard-working, law-abiding individuals that are Muslim. They are citizens, pay their taxes, raise good kids, etc. Yet good ‘ol Cain thinks they are too “scary” to serve in his governement (what a joke – like he could win) or even have the right to have a place of worship in their neighborhood. Clearly he has no respect for the Constitution or his fellow citizens. Someone please put a muzzle on this moron.

Monty

July 27th, 2011
7:31 pm

Herman is the man. He says what many people feel in thier hearts. Immigration is a wonderful thing. America was built on the back of it. But LEGAL immigration. Religious freedom is a wonderful thing. But not if it violates the constitution or human rights, which radical Sharia law does.

Islam itself is just another religion and most of the law abiding practioners who are US citizens are just like anybody else here. Enjoying the bounty this country has to offer. But it is the fundamentalist extremists who we fear, because they want to infiltrate and bully their way into having their own culture, not the American culture, here in America. With the same American rights we all have, but also additional rights under Sharia law. It is scary folks, if you were born and raised in this great nation to watch the spread of fundamentalism go unchecked….just like our borders with Mexico.

So in a way I can see why Herman Caine would take the kind of stand he is taking. Truth is, if you take a hard look at what is happening to America you must acknowledge that there is huge change taking place and not all of it is for the good of the people who make up this wonderful place we live in.

slp98

July 27th, 2011
7:32 pm

jconserative – too little, too late. He said what he meant, and the apology is just to cover his behind. I’d take one of my Muslim friends as a neighbor any day over Cain. Who’s he going to hate next? Catholics? Jews?

wow

July 27th, 2011
7:39 pm

Give that man a Koran

BehindEnemyLines

July 27th, 2011
7:41 pm

And thus ends any chance Herman had for the nomination.

Monty

July 27th, 2011
7:42 pm

slp98, you sound like your just mongering. He said what he said and put an apology out there. He has some valid points about the extreme trying to ingrain itself in the fabric of our society. While saying he wouldn’t have a muslim cab member is too much from a constitutional standpoint, from a society standpoint it would really depend on what kind of muslim he’s talking about.

CJNATLANTA

July 27th, 2011
7:56 pm

He’s just another hateful bigot, but of a different color.

Devil's Advocate

July 27th, 2011
8:00 pm

Baaaaaaahhhh. Sheeple in full effect. How does it take a meeting with Muslims on July 27, 2011 for a black man who grew up in the segregated South to finally understand their (or any group’s) frustration wtih stereotypes? Really?

The only reason this apology was issued is because Mr Cain lost a lot of support with his exclusionist comments over the months. I know many people who really were planning to vote for Cain who were turned off by his anti-Constitutional comments. They are moderates who lean conservative and that’s the vote any candidate really needs to earn to win in 2012.

D-Man

July 27th, 2011
8:02 pm

Oh very American there Ken…tool.

T

July 27th, 2011
8:09 pm

The closest Herman Cain is going to get to the White House is if he takes a public tour the next time he goes to DC! I am not the least worried about who he would or wouldn’t have on his cabinet. To say statements like he did however, confirm how narrow minded he is. I think most Muslims are like Christians. We attend church two times a year, and maintain the tradition, but we aren’t asking God’s help every time we cross the street. There are zealots in all religions. My father used to say 20% of the population ruin it for the rest of the 80% How true!

Itsmeagain

July 27th, 2011
8:09 pm

Oh look. Another AJC comment thread full of idiot racists. Who saw that coming…

Cain get back in the night you ain't white

July 27th, 2011
8:09 pm

Surely this man know white people are calling him every deragatory name under the sun, is he exempt from what they say because he’s a black conservative, NO. The minute one gets mad with him he’s the N word, heck those die hard racist are calling him that now. I know most are saying we got one black so a d so in, hell if we vote him in. Cain is a sad black man, I wouldn’t vote for him period.

Cain, get back in the night you ain’t white

BEND OVER, HERE COMES THE CHANGE

July 27th, 2011
8:14 pm

Herman, if that’s the way you feel (remeber this IS America), DON’T apologize.

Martin Williams

July 27th, 2011
8:17 pm

Cain, just another stupid GOP candidate…………..Go Romney, just don’t sign any stupid pledges like the others.

George W. Bush

July 27th, 2011
8:18 pm

I wish IRAN would attack Israel, giving us the reason to finally have it out with these towel heads once and for all and get it over and done with. One day we are going to have to have this fight, might as well do it now while the Army is already there.

As black as he is I can't see how he's conservative

July 27th, 2011
8:21 pm

Cain is hard on the eyes, and dumb

dekalber

July 27th, 2011
8:32 pm

Even more pathetic than Gingrich, and I didn’t think that was possible

DHD

July 27th, 2011
8:37 pm

It is always amazing to hear from the “tolerant” left. No hate. That only comes from the right. No name calling. Only the right does that. Not racist. Only the right can be racist.

#1 Foxy Lady

July 27th, 2011
8:46 pm

I’m looking forward to the additional entertainment generated from the next really stupid sh!+ he says.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

July 27th, 2011
8:48 pm

Did he bow nice and low…just like our current President likes to do….when apologizing for being an American?

Dick

July 27th, 2011
8:52 pm

Mr. Herman Cain made himself irrelevant in the campaign. Even so, the ability to admit ones error, graciously, is a skill we all should all embrace. We are happy for you, Mr. Cain. Thank you for wanting to serve the public.

David

July 27th, 2011
9:05 pm

Herman Cain is 100% IRRELEVANT and he know that! Running for president, he’s living the GOOD life spending his supporters money. With that said, just give him time and he will say something else STUPID!!!!!!

Julia Sugarbaker

July 27th, 2011
9:10 pm

Herman Cain is nothing more than a buffoon, a clown. He doesn’t want (or even expect) to be president. Cain is just trying to get “Former Presidential Candidate” on his already overbloated resume. He thinks having that on his resume will give him inroads to areas he’s thus far been denied access to. He’s hoping for invitations to serve on corporate boards (you know how those corporate scumbags love to tout their “former presidential candidate” board members). So once this is all said and done and Cain has issued his official reason for withdrawing his candidacy he’ll start Tomming for the boys in the ivory towers like none other you’ve ever seen before.

waypasthadenough

July 27th, 2011
9:12 pm

Ron Paul 2012. End of discussion.

JB

July 27th, 2011
9:14 pm

” If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you weren’t racist, you’ll need to vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you’re not an idiot”

Get Real

July 27th, 2011
9:14 pm

Like he has a snowballs’s chance in hell of getting elected, no matter what his position is..on anything.

JB

July 27th, 2011
9:16 pm

Julia………This man in the White house fits the same mold…..Clown and buffoon that is. He’s clueless.

Sufi

July 27th, 2011
9:23 pm

Again. What al-Qaeda wants is for the war to be between the West and all Muslims. When you start saying all Muslims are this or that, you’re making the terrorists’ case for them. They HATE American tolerance. Our GIs are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan WITH devout muslims trying to oppose the Taliban or Iraqi al-Qaeda. America is at its most powerful when it is inclusive, judging people on their actions, not based on stereotypes. That a mainstream political candidate for president wouldn’t understand this is frightning.

Kurt in Atlanta

July 27th, 2011
9:27 pm

Cain just thinks that the set of imaginary friends and fantasies that Christians somehow believe in are better than the imaginary friends and fantasies of Muslims. The whole issue is just pathetic. Cain is just bigoted. His non-apology type of apology doesn’t make him any less so.

Ol' Timer

July 27th, 2011
9:31 pm

This shariah law thing is the biggest red herring to come down the pike in some time.

But, FEAR is the “in thing” in this election and so we’ll scare the hell out of the ignorant and the old folks.

Herman Cain has about as much chance of getting to first base as I do hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning in the seventh game of the freakin’ World Series. Which is NONE!

RG

July 27th, 2011
9:33 pm

Herman Cain is the Most Honest person running for President at this time. This includes Obama. He is articulate, straight to the point and no BS in front or behind his comments. If anyone does not see this man as the most respected person running you must be blinded by your own quick judgement of another and one sided view. I have never heard a man speak the truth so easily without a telepromter or notes. Herman Cain speaks from his heart. This is what he did to the Muslim community.

crowdog

July 27th, 2011
9:35 pm

I always thought Jim Galloway and Tucker were from the same mold, not worth the pot to ()*&&!! in! This is a BS article, I know Hermain and you better believe this, when the Muslims get a certain percentage they will, I repeat will demand Sharia and other laws based on the Koran. People they have honor killings, and have done this in the US.

Mattie Patterson

July 27th, 2011
9:36 pm

The apology offered by Uncle Clarance’s little brother, Uncle Humming” is on par with all political step backs from stupid remarks reported in the media. The story about Cain is somehow given way to anti-Obama sentiment by commentors without cause. No where in this story is there any reference to President Obama, nor does anyone seem to understand the only oath that should ever be required by an elected or appointed governmental employee is the loyalty oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. Anyone, including Uncle Humming, placing additional requirements is definitely un-American.

Scarlett

July 27th, 2011
9:40 pm

It’s always fun to read the comments made by the oh so tolerant and soooo much smarter left in the AJC.

The Imam at the ADAMS Center is one who condemns the actions of the radicals and has said that all American Muslims should take a stand against the violence. This children is what you like to call a “teachable moment.” Herman Cain understands that we all have room to learn and grow and admits when he is wrong. It’s a character trait the current occupier of the WH could use.

frank in atlanta

July 27th, 2011
9:41 pm

cain is just takeing space from someone who might have a chance to win.go back to your former job

frank in atlanta

July 27th, 2011
9:43 pm

president of usa is not fast food

RD

July 27th, 2011
9:44 pm

Mr Irrelevant speaks again…..A person with $$ who wants to be POTUS. Yeah, right.

Stephen Morrison

July 27th, 2011
9:44 pm

First of all, Jim. He did not say he would not appoint them to his cabinet, he said he would be uncomfortable. Get your facts right, you claim to be a journalist.

crowdog

July 27th, 2011
9:57 pm

Frank and a lying community organizer with no business experience and did not even sponsor a bill in the state or Federal legislature is better than a guy that was on the board of the fed reserve and a business executive. I guess not, hello Obama Depression, a fool, fraud and fake. Some of you people are a joke and Cain is easier on the eyes than lying Obama.

Kurt in Atlanta

July 27th, 2011
10:01 pm

Stephen is wrong, of course. Cain has said over and over again that he would not appoint Muslims into his administration. Cain is lying about it now, but the problem is that his comments were recorded on those pesky audio and video recording machines that Cain just can’t get used to.

“[T]he comment I made that became controversial, and my staff keeps hoping will die, is that I wouldn’t have Muslims in my administration. And it’s real simple. The Constitution does not have room for Sharia law … and to introduce that element as part of an administration when we’ve got all of these other issues, I think I have the right to say that I won’t,” Cain said.

Cain said exactly what Jim Galloway said he did. Over and over again. Cain is the liar.

Frederick Douglass

July 27th, 2011
10:10 pm

Scarlett what was all of the lynching, burnings, and out and out terror, about in this country not so long ago? Both Herman Cain, and the current occupier of the WH should sleep with one eye open when dealing with certain folk. BTW, why do you feel like the current occupier of the WH has to kiss white America’s collective butts to gain the acceptance that he’s not really going to get anyway?

Frederick Douglass

July 27th, 2011
10:19 pm

Name a president in the last 100 years that had business experience crowdog, and Dubya doesn’t count, because he only used daddy’s money to run enterprises into the ground…..just like he did this country.