The Other McCain

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Hmmmm …

Posted on | July 27, 2011 | 63 Comments

Press release from the Herman Cain campaign:

For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
For More Information:
Ellen Carmichael, (678) 601-2772
[email protected]

Cain Meets with American Muslim Leaders

(Stockbridge, GA)- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain met with American Muslim leaders this afternoon at the ADAMS Center in Sterling, Virginia. After the meeting, Cain issued the following statement:

I would like to thank Imam Mohamed Magid and the ADAMS Center for extending their hospitality to me this afternoon. We enjoyed heartfelt fellowship and thoughtful dialogue about how patriotic Americans of all faiths can work together to restore the American Dream.
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.

In attendance at Wednesday’s meeting were:
Imam Mohamed Magid, Executive Director of the ADAMS Center.
Sister Humera Khan, Director,
Joshua Salaam, Youth Director of the ADAMS Center, former U.S. military officer.
Robert Marro, Board of Trustees at the ADAMS Center, former U.S. Foreign Service Officer (Minister, Counselor of Embassy)

The ADAMS Center serves more than 5,000 families in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. To contact the ADAMS Center, please call (703) 433-1325.
Friends of Herman Cain will release photographs of the meeting later this week.

Well? Will all those who were denouncing Cain as an “Islamophobe” apologize now? Or will those who defended Cain against such accusations now abandon him? Will this suffice to end the whole “Cain-vs-Islam” controversy?

These are just questions.

Answering such questions is above my pay-grade.

UPDATE: The readership does not seem to approve — to put it rather mildly. In the comments below, Bob Belvedere cites references indicating that Imam Magid and ISNA are connected to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

As readers might deduce, I was rather stunned by this press release. Even more stunning? More than an hour and a half after I posted Cain’s press release, Drew M. hat-tipped Byron York for the same press release.

Because Byron York is important. And I’m chopped liver.


63 Responses to “Hmmmm …”

  1. DaveO
    July 28th, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    Glad I wasn’t planning on supporting Cain any time soon. He may have taken longer than Boehner-time to surrender, but he did.

  2. Bob Belvedere
    July 28th, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    Any comment I have made here has been made more in sorrow than in anger [although one of them may not appear that way].

    I like the guy and was cheering him on.  He was making some damn good points other were not, or didn’t have the stones to.  But Mr. Cain also has a great presentation ? ‘refreshing’, you might say.

    Goddamn sad, it is.

  3. Steve in TN
    July 28th, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    Serious as a heart attack…  @TheHermanCain:twitter
     showed a total lack of understanding about the absolutism of the Second Amendment’s “shall not be infringed.” No, under the constitution, states may NOT infringe upon the right reserved for the PEOPLE as stated in the Tenth Amendment.  Also, case law has long asserted that Liberty regarding religion is also reserved to the people.  Cain has advocated the abrogation of those natural rights in recent weeks.

    Cain might have originally misstated his stances, but his attempts to clarify have been woefully inadequate.  In either case our support for his candidacy is not yet warranted.  I support neither the Democrat that wants to suppress Liberty or the reputed Republican that wishes to do so.

  4. Anamika
    July 28th, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    Beloved, do not concern yourself with those who refuse to grow and change. They will get what is coming to them due to the law of karma. It is not your problem. Let go of the anger and frustration with these people. You cannot change them. You can only change yourself. You can only be an example, and some will see your example and awaken, and others will ignore it and stay asleep.

  5. kerry anderson
    July 28th, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    I liked Herman Cain as a radio talker but since I saw him unable to answer any questions during the SC debate. Afterward Cain was very sensitive and combative whenever he was questioned further I crossed him off!

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  7. Bob Belvedere
    July 28th, 2011 @ 8:53 pm
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    July 28th, 2011 @ 8:54 pm
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    July 28th, 2011 @ 8:56 pm
  10. ThePaganTemple
    July 28th, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    I just thought of something. Could this be an overreaction to what happened in Norway?

  11. 1389
    July 28th, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

    Write to the Cain campaign, as I did, and let them know what you think:

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