The Crescent Report

November 27, 2007

Mitt Romney: No Muslims in My Cabinet

Filed under: American-Politics, Muslim Americans — Tags: — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 8:45 pm

Mitt Romney was asked by Mansoor Ijaz about the possibility of having a Muslim in his Cabinet:

I asked Mr. Romney whether he would consider including qualified Americans of the Islamic faith in his cabinet as advisers on national security matters, given his position that “jihadism” is the principal foreign policy threat facing America today. He answered, “…based on the numbers of American Muslims [as a percentage] in our population, I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified. But of course, I would imagine that Muslims could serve at lower levels of my administration.”

Take a look at Mr Ijaz’s article about why a Muslim would be uniquely qualified to be in the Cabinet…

Romney, whose Mormon faith has become the subject of heated debate in Republican caucuses, wants America to be blind to his religious beliefs and judge him on merit instead. Yet he seems to accept excluding Muslims because of their religion, claiming they’re too much of a minority for a post in high-level policymaking. More ironic, that Islamic heritage is what qualifies them to best engage America’s Arab and Muslim communities and to help deter Islamist threats.

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