Muslims Cannot Be Trusted To Hold Political Office
Think Progress has posted three minutes of an interview they conducted with Herman Cain this past weekend. This part has become controversial [tip of the fedora to Stacy McCain who has the video here — please don't click on the TP link unless you feel compelled to (you won't be missing much)]:
KEYES [of TP]: You came under a bit of controversy this week for some of the comments made about Muslims in general. Would you be comfortable appointing a Muslim, either in your cabinet or as a federal judge?
CAIN: No, I would not. And here’s why. There is this creeping attempt, there is this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government. This is what happened in Europe. And little by little, to try and be politically correct, they made this little change, they made this little change. And now they’ve got a social problem that they don’t know what to do with hardly.
The question that was asked that “raised some questions” and, as my grandfather said, “I does not care, I feel the way I feel.” I was asked, “what is the role of Islam in America?” I thought it was an odd question. I said the role of Islam in America is for those that believe in Islam to practice it and leave us alone. Just like Christianity. We have a First Amendment. And I get upset when the Muslims in this country, some of them, try to force their Sharia law onto the rest of us.
Now, as you might have already guessed, the Leftosphere has already saddled up on their high dudgeon about these remarks, with TP calling Mr. Cain a ‘bigot’ [see The Underground Conservative's posting here]. I will not be reproducing their same, tired old bromides here, except to remark that I did laugh at their citing of Article VI, paragraph three of The Constitution:
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.
Hypocrisy, thy name is Bolshe.
What I will comment on is how some of our fellow conservatives think Mr. Cain committed a gaffe bad enough that it will be fatal to his candidacy for President Of The United States and/or agreeing with the Left that he would be violating his Oath Of Office if he carried through with his intention not to appoint any Muslims to his cabinet or as judges.
Case in point: some of the folks and commentators over at Ace Of Spades.
Commentator in Stacy’s post, KG sums up the situation over there very succinctly and accurately:
The cobloggers at Ace’s are going all wobbly on this. *sigh* With friends like those, who needs Leftists?
DrewM started things off with this:
…announcing that you will violate the “No religious tests” clause of the Constitution is simply wrong and shows either a lack of familiarity with parts of the Constitution or a willingness to skip parts that don’t work for you. When you become President, you don’t get to enforce just the bits you like, you swear to “preserve, protect and defend” all of it. Even Article VI, even as applied to Muslims.
Click on the link immediately above to scroll through the comments and watch the Weebles wobble.
-As to the Constitutional question: the intent of Article VI was clearly to prevent one’s religion from being the main factor in someone not being considered or being disqualified for holding a position in the national government.
In his Commentaries On The Constitution, Chapter XLIII, §1841, Justice Joseph Story wrote:
…This clause is not introduced merely for the purpose of satisfying the scruples of many respectable persons, who feel an invincible repugnance to any religious test, or affirmation. It had a higher object; to cut off for ever every pretence of any alliance between church and state in the national government. The framers of the constitution were fully sensible of the dangers from this source, marked out in the history of other ages and countries; and not wholly unknown to our own. They knew, that bigotry was unceasingly vigilant in its stratagems, to secure to itself an exclusive ascendancy over the human mind; and that intolerance was ever ready to arm itself with all the terrors of the civil power to exterminate those, who doubted its dogmas, or resisted its infallibility….
Islam is not simply a religion; it is a political system, as well. The Koran has a number of fundamental demands that it makes on it’s followers, it’s submissives. One of these is that all Muslims must do everything in their power to see that the governments they live under are based on Sharia Law. Therefore, any Muslim must work for achieving this where it does not exist. Therefore, any Muslim who would serve in appointed or elected office in government at any level would be compelled to do whatever is necessary to see that Sharia Law is implemented. As this demand is considered higher than any other, non-Koranic demands, especially those made by a constitution written by Infidels, the Muslim would have no choice but to violate the oath he took under The Constitution. Add to the mix that the Mohammedin is allowed to practice Taqiyya and you have a situation where no Muslim can be trusted with holding office under The Constitution Of The United States Of America. No President can, therefore, trust someone who is Muslim to faithfully execute their oath of office, just as no President can trust a Communist, who is committed to the overthrow of the government of The United States.
-To those who say that Mr. Cain shouldn’t have expressed his sentiments in this matter out loud and that it shows that he is, as DrewM puts it, a ’boutique’ candidate: Wimps. Why should Herman Cain not speak the Truth? The times demand straight talk, not the usual evasions, half-truths, and comforting bromides. The future of this country as a constitutional republic is hanging on by an ever thinning string. We need people to speak truth to Leftist power, to tell it like it is. America needs The Riot Act read to it…and it needs it read good and hard
[originally published on 28 March 2011]