Hermain Cain made a comment (gaff?) a few weeks ago about being uncomfortable with Muslims in his cabinet. I rolled my eyes when I heard it, not so much because of the substance of what he said, but because someone running for President should learn to control their message…that was a sloppy comment.
Yesterday on Beck, he clarified his position. Now, he says he wants some kind of proof that a Muslim working in his cabinet is loyal to the USA.
Hmmm. First, there are some logistical problems…how do you get from job consideration, to interview, to loyalty test, to hire? That’d be interesting….
Cain: Do you love your country?
Jihadist Posing as Cabinet Secretary Candidate: Of course.
Cain (in his best Tom Cruise lawyer voice): DO YOU LOVE YOUR COUNTRY!
Jihadist Posing as Cabinet Secretary Candidate: YOU’RE GOD DAMN RIGHT I DO!
See, this could get messy quick.
But then I started thinking about the genesis of Cain’s comfort level with Muslims, and I get it. I really do.
I pulled into my office this morning, er, the local Starbucks, and had to wait a moment for a parking place. Pulling out of my soon-to-be space was a car with two Muslim women wearing the head scarf thingies. (Yes, that reference makes me an uneducated, redneck, bigot to most liberals.)
I didn’t hate on them.
I did’t realy give it much thought at all.
But I thought something.
I can’t really put my finger on it, but something crossed my mind. I don’t know…maybe, something like “…what’s with the head scarf thingies?” Or maybe it was just a subtle reminder of what I see on the news EVERY night; Muslims killing people. It is a religion of peace, after all.
When I walked into my “office” there was an Army officer standing in line. I’ve seen him in there before. A big guy, maybe 40 years old. A distinct middle eastern look and a name to match. I couldn’t help but have a flash of thought about the Ft. Hood murderer.
Does this make me bigoted? I don’t think so. I have no ill-will toward Muslims at all. I really could care less about them, or anybody outside my sphere of family, friends, and readers, for that matter.
How do you react when you see Muslims walking around in their robes and what have you?
Just because it might give you pause – like Juan Williams explained – doesn’t mean you’re a bigot.
But it does speak to Herman Cain’s motivation for saying what he did. And I get it. Practically speaking, it’s a non-starter and he should not have gone down that road at all.
But I get it.