You know what you’re getting with Herman Cain–another reason I’m liking him a lot as a 2012 presidential candidate.
When asked whether he would appoint a Muslim to his cabinet or to the judiciary, he didn’t pull any punches:
No, I will 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.
A key difference between America (which is not a theocracy) and nations where Shariah law is adhered to is that Islamic cultures usually force not only their moral and behavioral code (i.e. criminal code) on all citizens regardless of religious beliefs, but also forces their theological code on everyone. In other words, everyone is expected to observe certain ritual practices of Islam, and is expected to pay respect to certain Islamic theological precepts.
Cain mentioned Oklahoma and the law they crafted to prohibit Shariah law from being recognized in the United States. The people of Oklahoma overwhelmingly approved this law, but a federal judge blocked implementation of the law.
Neil Cavuto asked Cain about these comments on his show on Fox News, and Cain further clarified that he expects any prospective cabinet members he might have to be fully dedicated to our country, as well as the principles espoused in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. He allowed that there could be a a case where a Muslim might convince him that he (the Muslim) was more loyal to America and American principles than to Shariah law, but it sounds as if Cain doesn’t expect such a case to arise too often. Based on the principles of Islam which are antithetical to American principles, I would have to agree.
Recognition of Islamic Shariah law has gained much ground in Europe, and with American liberals pushing for America to “be like Europe,” we would be foolish not to be alert to this problem. Shariah law is at odds with Western concepts of freedom, freedom of conscience, human rights, respect for innocent human life, and more. Honor killings of children and wives over real or perceived offenses is definitely incompatible with our values and our way of life. Islam is spreading in Europe and throughout the world, and where ever it goes, freedom is trampled underfoot.
Western values, especially American values, are based on an entirely different foundation. As seen in our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, our nation has from the beginning been founded on the Christian worldview and has recognized God as the source of all our liberties. Our Constitution is founded on those same values, and as our founders have pointed out, these values are indispensable to the good health and maintenance of our republic:
The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. – John Adams
The genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion…and to this we owe our free constitutions of government. – Noah Webster
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. – President George Washington
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. – John Adams
It is equally clear that the founders intended that our nation remain founded on Christian principles.
The real object of the First Amendment was not to countenance, much less to advance Mohammedanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity, but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects [denominations] and to prevent any national ecclesiastical patronage of the national government. – Justice Joseph Story / J. Story, III, Commentaries on the Constitution
Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. – John Jay, First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Further, the lessons of history teach us that for most of our history, our nation has been firmly seated on Christian principles:
The Christian religion is the religion of our country. From it are derived our prevalent notions of the character of God, the great moral governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions. – foreword of McGuffey’s Reader, 1836 (McGuffey’s books were the mainstays of American education for generations)
If we pass beyond these matters to a view of American life, as expressed by its laws, its business, its customs, and its society, we find everywhere a clear recognition of the same truth. Among other matters note the following: The form of oath universally prevailing, concluding with an appeal to the Almighty; the custom of opening sessions of all deliberative bodies and most conventions with prayer; the prefatory words of all wills, “In the name of God, amen;” the laws respecting the observance of the Sabbath, with the general cessation of all secular business, and the closing of courts, legislatures, and other similar public assemblies on that day; the churches and church organizations which abound in every city, town, and hamlet; the multitude of charitable organizations existing everywhere under Christian auspices; the gigantic missionary associations, with general support, and aiming to establish Christian missions in every quarter of the globe. These and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation. – Holy Trinity Church v. United States, 1892
Our First Amendment guarantees freedom of religious expression in America; religious freedom has always been one of our most deeply held values. Muslims and people of other faiths continue to be free to worship whomever in whatever manner they choose so long as that expression does not violate the criminal laws of our nation. Unfortunately, the honor killings and disrespect for freedom of religion common among serious adherents to Islam makes many tenets of Islam incompatible with American law and the American way of life. It would be a mistake to take into the lawmaking and law-executing function of our government anyone who has a conflict with our values.
We are free to abandon our Christian heritage and embrace another worldview, even Islam. But in doing so, we would be abandoning the basis for all our freedoms, for the unparalleled success and affluence we have enjoyed as a nation. We would be utterly foolish to do so.
Herman Cain understands that, unlike our current president who can’t even bring himself to properly utter our national motto. We need a president like Herman Cain who understands our nation, our history, our heritage, what has made it great and what can make it great once again.
Herman Cain on Muslims in his administration
Herman Cain on Cavuto