Mitt Romney, the presidential candidate most disadvantaged by his personal religious faith, said earlier this month that “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,” Romney continued. “I would imagine that Muslims could serve at lower levels of my administration.”
You can read all about Romney’s remarks today’s Christian Science Monitor, in a not-to-be-missed op-ed by Mansoor Ijaz, a Muslim investor who asked Romney about Muslim appointees at a fundraiser earlier this month. Here’s the Romney team’s response.
Ijaz does a perfectly good job refuting Romney himself, so God-o-Meter will only state the obvious. How can a presidential candidate whose Mormon faith accounts for just 2-percent of the American population rule out a Muslim in his cabinet on the basis that Islam has too few American adherents?
From the Christian Science Monitor:
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.