July 18, 2011

ONE HARDLY LOOKS TO THE TEA PARTY FOR COMMON SENSE:

Herman Cain Doesn't Believe in the First Amendment (Conor Friedersdorf, Jul 18 2011, Atlantic)

In June, when Herman Cain said that Muslims seeking to serve in his administration would be subject to a special loyalty test, a lot of people accused him of bigotry. I was among them. In subsequent interviews, Cain scoffed at his critics, but he also quietly changed his position: there wouldn't be any special test for Muslim Americans, he said, he'd just vet everyone very carefully.

As it turns out, those of us who suspected that he isn't to be trusted with the liberty of religious minorities were right. In the clip above, he asserts that every community in the United States should have the right to ban mosque construction. [...]

If his backers, many of whom call themselves "constitutional conservatives," have any regard for the actual liberties guaranteed by our founding document, they'll immediately abandon this candidate. His outright attack on the First Amendment's protection of religious expression ought to cost him the support of every tea partier, religious conservative, and libertarian voter who has the courage of their professed convictions.

Voters whose only criteria is common sense should abandon him too.


Posted by at July 18, 2011 5:24 PM
  

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