Tea party Supports Republican Candidate Herman Cain’s Anti-Muslim Bigotry
What is it with the tea party candidates in their attempt to hijack the Republican party? Isn’t dragging the GOP as far to the extreme right as possible enough? Now the tea party has to strongly back candidates who are anti-Muslim bigots?
Being anti-Muslim isn’t new for the tea party, of course. Under the guise of “fear of terrorism” they have gone after the Islamic religion time after time. I’m sure all remember how an Islamic community center to be built in a dilapidated building a few blocks from the World Trade Center site in New York City suddenly became “the mosque at ground zero.” Neither a mosque nor at ground zero, and long a non-controversial project, it was turned overnight by the tea party xenophobes into a terrorist plot. And this was just one example of many. According to the tea party, if you are Muslim, you are immediately considered guilty of terrorism until proven otherwise. This is the epitome of bigotry.
Now Herman Cain, one of the favorites of the tea party, is reiterating that he doesn’t trust Muslims. All Muslims. Cain initially argued that “Muslims need not apply” for positions in his administration should he be elected President of the United States. Sorry all you qualified folks that just happen to have chosen Islam as your first amendment-protected religious freedom of expression, Cain and the tea party believe Muslims simply cannot be trusted. Faced with criticism of his abject bigotry, Cain suggested that he could, well, maybe, allow someone who is Muslim to be in his administration if they took some sort of Islamic-special vow to the Constitution. Again, in Cain’s mind you need to prove you can be trusted – but only if you are Muslim, all others get the usual presumption of trust. Now, as Cain tries to “reinterpret” his bigotry into something more palatable to non-bigoted Americans, he merely sticks his foot further in mouth. He’s just worried about letting terrorists into government, he says. And, of course, to Cain and the tea party all Muslims are potential terrorists because, well, hey, they are Muslims, aren’t they? The bottom line – if you are Muslim, Cain and the tea party will presume you are a terrorist until you jump through enough of their bigot hoops to prove otherwise.
Cain and the tea party are a disgrace to America.