Posted by on June 16, 2011 in Blog

Separate editorials in The New York Times, POLITICO, and CNN are not only calling out Herman Cain for his Islamophobic campaign and debate rhetoric, they’re also calling out Newt Gingrich for his assertion that we should use McCarthy-era tactics to root out Muslims for political exclusion.

More heartening is that both pieces take issue with the full slate of Republican candidates at the debate, pointing out that not a single one called Cain or Gingrich on the carpet for their comments. POLITICO goes one further, directing readers to “PolitiFact.com, a Pulitzer Prize-winning, nonpartisan fact-checking organization that examines the statements of public figures. PolitiFact gives Cain its lowest rating, judging his statements on this issue ‘not accurate’ and ‘ridiculous.’”

And like AAI, both papers noted that Mitt Romney was the sole almost-exception, going at least so far as to recall that “We recognize that the people of all faiths are welcome in this country. Our nation was founded on a principle of religious tolerance. That’s in fact why some of the early patriots came to this country and we treat people with respect regardless of their religious persuasion.”

Take a look at the articles, and—if you haven’t already—join us in taking action on this issue before Monday night’s rhetoric becomes the norm.

Take Action:

• Contact the campaigns of Herman Cain & Newt Gingrich, and tell them that their comments are unacceptable. • Contact the RNC headquarters and tell them that it’s time to reclaim their party, and to reject the bigoted rhetoric of these candidates. • Contact Mitt Romney’s Campaign and thank him for his thoughtful comments on religious tolerance.

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