Herman Cain's own brand of bigotry

Since Gov. Perry has been going there for years to hunt, I think that it shows a lack of sensitivity for a long time of not taking that word off of that rock and renaming the place.

The attacks from Cain seem ironic considering the kind of bigoted rhetoric Cain has directed at American Muslims. In March, Cain promised that he would not appoint Muslims to serve in his cabinet or in the federal judiciary.

BECK: So wait a minute, are you saying that Muslims have to prove, there has to be a loyalty proof?
CAIN: Yes, to the Constitution of the United States of America.
BECK: Well, would you do that to a Catholic or a Mormon?
CAIN: No, I wouldn’t.

This position would run counter to the Constitution, which in Article Six clearly prohibits using religion to qualify or disqualify one from holding public office:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Back in July, we called Cain out for supporting the right of communities to block the construction of mosques, running counter to yet another part of the Constitution: the freedom of religion.

We're not sure if Cain's rhetoric is a matter of ignorance or willful deception - but either way, it's inexcusable for someone with such high political aspirations. While we don't dispute the threat presented by Islamic radicals, mostly those abroad, object to Sharia Law, or find the Ground Zero mosque proposal grossly insensitive, Cain's pandering to narrow-minded voters overlooks the fact that millions of Americans of the Islamic faith have been law-abiding loyal citizens for generations with few examples of disloyalty.

But then again, when it came to seizing and keeping power, the loyalty of Jewish German citizens didn't matter much to Adolf Hitler either.

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