Cain apologizes to Muslim Americans
July 28th, 2011
08:51 AM ET
9 years ago

Cain apologizes to Muslim Americans

Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain apologized for past comments regarding those who practice Islam, following a meeting with Muslim American leaders.

"I remain humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends," Cain said in a statement Wednesday. "I am truly sorry for any comments that may have betrayed any commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it."

The former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host said he enjoyed a "heartfelt fellowship and thoughtful dialogue" in his meeting at the ADAM Center in Virginia, one of the largest mosques in the DC Metro Area.

Cain previously said he would be uncomfortable with a Muslim serving in his cabinet unless they proved their loyalty to the U.S. constitution. He also weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Islamic Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, saying communities should be able to prevent the construction of mosques in their neighborhoods.

After his meeting with four Muslim leaders, Cain said he is still opposed to the "interference of shariah law into the American legal system," but that Muslims have a right to openly practice their religion.

"In my own life as a black youth growing up in the segregated South, I understand their frustration with stereotypes," Cain said. "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."

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Anyone with half a brain on life support knows that Mr. Cain's apology is insincere. He has been saying this weeks, and people on the left have been calling it ridiculous.

    Since no on the right thought he was being offensive, Mr. Cain continued on and on thinking he had hold of some sort of talking point that was scoring political points. I guess he has not noticed that his polling has dropped steadily ever since he started talking about this. But, in typical Republican fashion, he thinks his delivery and not the message itself is the problem. So, he raised the ante and has revealed himself for what he is and always will be despite his self serving remarks.

    July 28, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. tensor

    Geez, considering how many black muslims there are in Atlanta everywhere, Cain had to know exactly what he was saying and to whom.

    July 28, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "I remain humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends," Cain said in a statement Wednesday.
    Notice that Mr. Cain had to qualify his apology with the word "might". Mr. Cain still believes in his past remarks and things anyone who was offended is just plain wrong. Mr. Cain respects their freedom of speech, but that's as for as he goes. He still feels that in the name of the Constitution that they should not have be offended.

    Mr. Cain's apology "might" be insincere.

    July 28, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Watch his poll numbers diappear. Gary Johnson will be doing better. Gotta love it!

    July 28, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. cindy

    He's sorry til you vote for him. then he can say "you knew I was a snake when you took me in" Glad for the apology but can you back it up? your word means NADA.

    July 28, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. Jim

    "One of the most "Vile" Flip-Flops i,ve ever seen??? This man is a true,Lier??? The Godfather of the Republican/Teatraitors of " Norquist Facist Club". I never ever ,In my wildest dreams, thought our Black Americans would ever "Tolerate" Teaparty Facism????? I,m not voting for "Norquists Party of American Oppression!!!!!

    July 28, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  7. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    So he is backstepping his core values in order to get a few hundred Muslim votes? Apparently he has never read the Constitution.

    July 28, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. Boomer in Mo

    Yeah, right.
    The old-time bigots knew what they were and were proud of it. The new bigots often don't know what they are, which is much more dangerous.

    July 28, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. AEK

    What the heck is wrong with this guy? Doesn't he know that Republicans DO NOT apologize! The shame of it all! There goes his Tea Party base!

    July 28, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  10. TM

    Nice apology. Now you just have to work on spending the rest of your life not being the bigoted fool your words have shown you to be. Good luck with that.

    July 28, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ummm, okay. Apology accepted (?) because I choose to believe that you are sincere in what you say.....but so much of what you say is just plain wrong, ignorant, and scary. Fortunately for you and us you'll cease to be relevant to the discussion in a few months. You can go back to making pizzas, and we can stop looking at that yellow tie of

    July 28, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  12. Andy Smith

    Wow. Some sense from a GOP Presidential candidate? Say it ain't so? Maybe there's hope for Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Sarah Palin....I'm not going to hold my breath for that though. Good for Herman. A little too late...still not gonna get the Muslim Americans vote. Nice try.

    July 28, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. ja

    a dam good start, there is good and bad in any segment of the world's races, but to clump all of one as bad, is pure stupidity, then have the nerve to run for president of a country that is supposed to be tolerant

    July 28, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. Scott

    He should apologize to the rest of us to; for just being Herman Cain... I'm jus say'n...

    July 28, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  15. Ideas and ideals not ideologies

    What just happened here? Did he just realize that there weren't as many crazies in the asylum or was he just trying to fan the flame of hatred? Although it's never too late to right a wrong, Herman just lost whatever little respect he had.

    July 28, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. S. Studenberg

    What is it with politicians? They say the most stupid things, with no thought or reflexion and then they apologise. What a lot of scata. I am really not impressed.

    July 28, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  17. John

    He not sorry he just want you vote. and If you are dumb enough to give It to him. That he will just go back to hating you again.

    July 28, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Jerry

    While I applaud Cain for finally demonstrating that he actually understands the freedoms laid out in the Constitution, I still find THIS infuriating – ' Cain said he is still opposed to the "interference of shariah law into the American legal system," ' Mr Cain, that is like saying you are opposed to Luxembourg invading the United States. It's a straw man.

    July 28, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  19. ConservaFASCISTS/Dutch, Bad Newz, VA

    Cain, you are un-Abel too to walk back your comments.

    July 28, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. Seraphim0

    Nice backpedal. A for effort.

    July 28, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. GI Joe

    He's PANDERING. His true self came out at the first "debate" - then he changed his tune after the backlash.

    July 28, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Cain must realize that he has little to NO chance of getting the GOP nomination, and now with this apology to Muslims he has probably just ticked off his right wing base and they'll go to another candidate that likes lack of diversity. And there are plenty others to choose from especially if Perry gets into the race.

    July 28, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. Bryan - Illinois

    Too little – Too Late. Time to go back to making the pizzas.

    July 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Mikey

    Questioning the loyalty of Americans based simply on their religion is way beyond the pale. But then, he represents the Tea Party, and that kind of ugliness is consistent with their demonstrated views.

    Of more immediate issue with the TP morons is what they are trying to do with our economy. For a group that claims to be about economic issues (a claim which is dubious at best), they show a shocking ignorance about economics.

    July 28, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. Marko

    This group of people subscribe to the same type of thinking that the Taliban do. The only difference is they don't chop off the heads of the folks that don't hold to their beliefs......yet. What will they do if they gain power.

    July 28, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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