Herman Cain apologized — kinda — for saying that communities should be allowed to prevent mosques from being built. After meeting with some Muslim leaders he issued the following statement:
While I stand by my opposition to the interference of Shariah law into the American legal system, I remain humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends. I am truly sorry for comments that may have betrayed my commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it. Muslims, like all Americans, have the right to practice their faith freely and peacefully.
Let me translate that: “While I’m still deluded enough to believe that Muslims are on the verge of taking over the United States, imposing Sharia law on all Americans and beheading Christians en masse, my advisers have finally convinced me after weeks of contradicting myself while pretending not to be an ignorant bigot that I had better make a statement that puts the issue to rest.”
I don’t buy it for a second. It’s not as if the right of Muslims under the First Amendment were ever in doubt in the first place. He doesn’t have any commitment to the U.S. Constitution because he doesn’t have the first clue what it says — remember, this is the guy who said that the federal government has no jurisdiction over bankruptcy laws when, in fact, that is one of the few specific powers given to Congress in the Constitution. For demagogues like Cain, the Constitution is the equivalent of the American flag — a fetish object, not a real thing. If Cain had any commitment to the Constitution in the first place he would never have claimed that the First Amendment didn’t protect the right of Muslims to build mosques.