Herman Cain: Muslims must show loyalty to work for me
June 10th, 2011
09:36 PM ET
10 years ago

Herman Cain: Muslims must show loyalty to work for me

(CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain stood firm Friday on his promise to make Muslims prove loyalty to the U.S. Constitution before appointing them to his administration - a test, he has said, that would not apply to people of other faiths.

The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza denied that the proposed test is a form of discrimination when pressed Friday by CNN's John King.

"That's not discrimination. It's called trying to protect the American people," Cain said. "This nation is under attack constantly by people who want to kill all of us, so I'm going to take extra precaution."

In March, Cain made headlines when he told a Think Progress blogger that he would feel uncomfortable appointing a Muslim as a member of his cabinet or as a federal judge. And while speaking on Fox News on Wednesday, he said there was a "greater dangerous part of the Muslim faith" than other religions.

Cain told King on Friday that he would be comfortable with a Muslim serving in office only if he could gauge the person's sense of loyalty through a one-on-one conversation.

"I never said I would discriminate against Muslims or any other religion for that matter, but I am going to take extra precautions if a Muslim person who is competent wants to work in my administration," he said.

Cain has grown in popularity over recent months. The latest poll released by Quinnipiac University on June 8 puts him in third place in the 2012 GOP field, with 10%. He falls behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who placed first, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who came in second.

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  1. Marry

    Herman Cain proves again that you have people of all walks of life, age, color, decent, etc. to be dump, bigots, demagogues, discriminating, etc. Sad, sad… And THAT state of mind feels it is time to represent the US? Hope not! But of cause, the GOP/TP has more of the same people trying…

    June 11, 2011 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  2. Midwestmatt

    Thank you, Mr. Cain, for proving that a black man can be just as viciously racist as a white man.

    Run along. You are not a player. You are not a viable candidate. You are a racist joke.

    June 11, 2011 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  3. Kenny

    Herman Cain said, Muslims would have to prove loyalty to the U.S. Constitution before appointing them to his administration and the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza denied that the proposed test is a form of discrimination. While he is entitled to his opinion, he is not entitled to his own fact. What he proposed is exactly what Blacks demonstrated against back in the 60’s. I am a Black man, Democrat, and a product of the 60’s demonstrations and I am deeply offended that he would even suggest doing the very thing we fought so hard to rid our nation of. Discrimination by a Black man against a person because of their religion, sex, race or for other reasons is just as wrong as the discrimination he endured as a young man.

    It’s beginning to appear more and more today that we as a nation have not learned the lessons of our violent and checkered past. As sad as it is, what scares the hell out of me is that if we didn’t learn the lessons from our past, then we are doomed to repeat them in the future. I pray that I am wrong and that that future is not today.

    June 11, 2011 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  4. Moderate Sean

    This ex-CEO and so-called politician is a complete idiot and I must conclude he is a racist! As a man of color, how can he make such a vile statement like, "Muslims[must] prove loyalty to the U.S. Constitution before appointing them to his administration – a test, he has said, that would not apply to people of other faiths." I guess he forgot the struggles of the Civil Rights movement and the continued efforts of today for equality, yet he makes lamebrain statements like the one I quoted above!! Completely hypocritical...and I guess he feels he cannot represent all Americans, not matter their faith. What a true Republican this dweeb is...

    June 11, 2011 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  5. Jason

    Okay, so he is not discriminating because its only targeting Muslims and they want to attack us. How exactly does one prove loyalty? Can the same methodology be applied to poor Blacks and Hispanics who are more likely to engage in criminal activities? Can we use this same logic to prove fitness for employment so I don't accidently hire someone that is statistically more likely to commit a violent crime? This slope isn't slippery, its freaking perpendicular to the straight truth. Recent comments from this canidate reveal a man with little common sense and an amazing ability to defly reason. I hope this is not the best we have, because if this is all we are working with then we are screwed.

    June 11, 2011 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  6. jon

    WOW WOW he really said that.......WOW ....come on ......really .....na no one is that dumb.......really he said that ?

    June 11, 2011 04:25 am at 4:25 am |
  7. Khalid

    i hope mr. Cain realizes that that's unconstitutional. john King should have reminded him.

    June 11, 2011 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  8. Pravaa

    Wow. A smashing success with the Middle East foreign policy I must say.

    June 11, 2011 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  9. Hapalion

    Aaaaand another candidate sunk. I hope.

    June 11, 2011 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  10. JustSaying2U..

    More discrimination and hate, from the GOP. One would think that a black man would be especially considerate of a minority under scrutiny in this country. And I'm sure if everyone tasted a Godfathers' pizza, this guy would fade to black in no time fast.

    June 11, 2011 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  11. sick of republican phonies

    It's sad when a member of a minority that has endured bias and racism becomes just another biased racist. But he IS a republican, so I guess it's to be expected.

    June 11, 2011 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  12. libsrretards

    Tell it like it is Mr. Cain!! The liberals that don't like you are racist.....of coarse that is all of them.

    June 11, 2011 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  13. Bob

    The more he talks, the more he removes all doubt!

    June 11, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  14. lgny

    And that is one of many reasons why he will never be elected.

    June 11, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  15. Clwyd

    Like all the republicans running for president and some who haven't decided yet Cain has a hangup on power in the work place! what would that mean if he were president? What would he expect from the voters and the public? Scary! They all are a little nuts! Michelle definitely so!

    June 11, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  16. KatR

    Cain's attitude is unconstitutional as it states that there can be no religious test for anyone seeking to work in govt. That includes an interview.

    June 11, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  17. GI Joe

    He's a bigot and a hypocrit. How did he or his parents feel when they had to take a test to vote (based solely on the color of their skin)? religion should be left out of EVERYTHING.

    I'm sick of the republicans trying to police every woman's uterus, every black's actions, every THING. The claim values and go against those values in most of the things they do (Jesus would never put a heavier load on the poor so he could give more to corporations and the wealthy).

    Shame on him, shame on ALL OF THEM.

    June 11, 2011 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  18. Henry

    It is so sad when Mr. Cain and others have to resort to this nonsense. The McCarthy days are here again. Oh, my lord, them c0mmunists (muslims) are here. Better eradicate them.

    I would love to see the litmus test these people have to pass to be accepted by this man who obviously does not see the trouble the people of his own background are dealing with. He is actively joining his fellow Republicans (white people) in making sure that people in the racial and ethnic minority are kept in their bowl.

    June 11, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  19. GI Joe

    not apply to people of other faiths.
    So a christian that believes in white supremecy would be hired??? I DON'T THINK SO. He's a bigot and a liar and a hypocrit. He will never get my vote.

    June 11, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  20. Alton Drew

    Interesting. The president of the United States is suppose to execute laws that enforce the equal protection clause of our U.S. Constitution. I wonder if Mr. Cain is willing to get oaths of loyalty from white, Anglo-Saxon Christians like Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols; people willing to attack their fellow Americans in the name of christianity and white supremacy?

    I have to also wonder if Mr. Cain, as chief executive officer of Godfather's Pizza condoned any other acts of discrimination. Did he prevent gays from serving in his executive committee? Did he limit the number of blacks working in leadership positions in fear of Godfather's Pizza being described as a "black firm"? Did he help maintain the glass ceiling that hinders the upward mobility of women in the corporate structure?

    His statement that he would require oaths of loyalty from Americans who happen to practice a relligion different from his may open Mr. Cain up to future attacks that claim he does not have the political astuteness and basic knowledge of constitutional law necessary to be chief executive of the United States.

    June 11, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  21. Anonymous

    So, Cain has come out in favor of religious discrimination AND McCarthyesque "loyalty oaths." Looks like the teatard Taliban want their own twisted phony "christian" version of Sharia law.

    June 11, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  22. Really?

    So a history of discrimination has taught this idiot nothing. He is obviously too stupid to learn from the past and is stupid to hold office.

    June 11, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  23. Republicans - The "Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Cain is one of those sanctimonnious Blacks that is willing to replicate the biased and discrimanatory mindset of SOME white people, SOME black people, SOME latinos, and SOME Asians. He believes that it is appropriate to continue to treat "different" people with bias.

    Stop pandering to closet insecure racists Cain. NO president or presidential candidate is going to appoint someone that is disloyal to America – it goes without saying.

    This reveals something about your self confidence and your character – and not in a good way!

    June 11, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. Frederick Ferguson

    "It duz not matter cuz" Americans will never elect a jive talkin', ignorant, bigoted, closet-case clown like Herman Cain.

    June 11, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  25. chad

    Someone please explain how Cain, Palin, Bachmann, and Gingrich are not fascists.

    June 11, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
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