Former pizza magnate and Republican presidential contender Herman Cain has no problem with “peaceful Muslims,” just with those that are trying to convert Americans to Islam.
Cain explained his views on the American Muslim community in an interview with Christianity Today.
“The role of Muslims in America is not to convert the rest of us to the Muslim religion,” he said. “That I resent.”
His position was sound, he explained, because “based upon the little knowledge that I have of the Muslim religion, you know, they have an objective to convert all infidels or kill them.”
While Cain acknowledged not all Muslims might share this view, he doesn’t want Americans taking any chances.
“I know that there are some peaceful Muslims who don’t go around preaching or practicing that,” he said. “Well, unfortunately, we can’t sit back and tolerate the radical ones simply because we know that there are some of them who don’t believe in that aspect of the Muslim religion. So their role is to be allowed to practice their religion freely, just like we should be allowed to practice our religion freely, and not try to convert the rest of us.”
Hat tip to The Daily Caller.
Benjy Sarlin is a reporter for Talking Points Memo and co-writes the campaign blog, TPM2012. He previously reported for The Daily Beast/Newsweek as their Washington Correspondent and covered local politics for the New York Sun.