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PolitiFact: Herman Cain said more than once he wouldn't hire Muslims

The statement

"I did not say that I would not have them (Muslims) in my Cabinet."

Herman Cain, in an interview on Glenn Beck's radio show on May 21.

The ruling

What did Herman Cain, the Republican presidential hopeful, say about appointing Muslims to his Cabinet?

The controversy began in February in a Milner, Ga., church. Cain talked about his bout with stage four liver and colon cancer and suggested he was uncomfortable when he learned his surgeon's name was "Abdallah."

The evangelical publication Christianity Today asked Cain about his comment in March and Cain replied that Muslims should stop trying to convert others.

"And 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," Cain said.

Five days later, a blogger for liberal ThinkProgress.org questioned him.

"Would you be comfortable appointing a Muslim either in your Cabinet or as a federal judge?" the blogger asked.

"No, I will not," Cain replied. "And here's why. There is this creeping attempt, there's this attempt to gradually ease sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government."

This brings us to Glenn Beck's radio show, where Cain said his statement was "misconstrued."

"(The reporter) said, would you be comfortable with a Muslim in your Cabinet?" Cain told Beck. "And I immediately said, without thinking, 'No, I would not be comfortable.' I did not say that I would not have them in my Cabinet."

Indeed, the ThinkProgress.org blogger asked Cain whether he would be "comfortable" with a Muslim in his Cabinet.

The problem is that it contradicts what Cain said about his own comments.

The Monday after the news broke, Cain recounted what he said on Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto.

"A reporter asked me 'Would I appoint a Muslim to my administration?' I did say 'no,' " he said.

"And here's why … I would have to have people totally committed to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. And many of the Muslims, they're not totally dedicated to this country," he said.

In April, Cain repeated that he would not hire a Muslim to conservative radio host Bryan Fischer.

"I think I have the right to say that I won't," Cain said.

The heat is on, and Cain's Pants are on Fire.

This ruling has been edited for print. For the full version — and to read other rulings — go to PolitiFact.com.

PolitiFact: Herman Cain said more than once he wouldn't hire Muslims 06/09/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2011 9:36pm]
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