“I remain humble and contrite”
In what is likely a deal breaker for his presidential aspirations, Herman Cain met with American Muslim leaders to apologize for some of his past comments about the American Muslim community that “might have caused offense.”
While campaigning in Tennessee earlier this month, the Republican and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza told the Tennessean newspaper that plans for an Islamic center in Murfreesboro was “an infringement and an abuse of our freedom of religion.” He said he opposed the mosque being built because “it isn’t an innocent mosque” and believed that the Islamic center was being used as “another way to try to gradually sneak Sharia law into our laws.”
His apology included these words: “While I stand by my opposition to the interference of Sharia 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.”
Cain, 65, serves as associate pastor at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta.
His remorseful statements, made at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center where he met to discuss politics and religion, can be read on his campaign website. The meeting was held earlier this week on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.
The ADAMS Center is “one of the largest Muslim communities/mosques” in the United States, servicing over 5,000 families in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.