Posted by on June 13, 2011 in Blog

Last night’s GOP debate on CNN gave us a disturbing glimpse of how Islam and Muslims will be talked about in the lead up to the upcoming election.

Herman Cain had infamously stated that he “will not” hire Muslims in his administration, then backtracked to say he was merely “uncomfortable” hiring Muslims, then decided that he would subject Muslims to a loyalty test —to which no other religious member would be subjected. Last night, Cain confirmed his religious bigotry, saying that “we don’t have the same threat [from other religions] that we have from that particular one.”

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich chimed in, warning of Muslims who harbor secret hostility to America, and suggesting that we use McCarthy-era tactics to root them out. In recent months, Gingrich also has come out in strong opposition to the manufactured threat of imposing Sharia on the United States. In fact, it’s become a virtual cornerstone of his campaign.  

In stark contrast was front-runner Gov. Mitt Romney, who said:

Well, first of all, of course, we’re not going to have Sharia law applied in U.S. courts. That’s never going to happen. We have a Constitution and we follow the law...

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. Obviously, anybody who would come into my administration would be someone who I knew, who I was comfortable with, and who I believed would honor as their highest oath – their oath to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States.

It appears that there are two GOPs emerging— one that proudly recalls itself as the party of Lincoln, and one that espouses religious intolerance, bigotry, and long-rejected witch-hunt tactics. This is one instance where change will have to come from within, which is why we’re asking you to take action today. Let the GOP candidates know that we as Americans—Republicans and non-Republicans alike—won’t allow the national debate to turn into a hate-mongering session that disenfranchises American Muslims.  It’s more important than ever to take action, to let the candidates know we’re watching, we’re listening, and we’ll be voting.

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.