Jewish Journal

Romney doesn’t want a Muslim Cabinet official

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 27, 2007 | 8:17 pm

Like I’ve said here and here andhere and here and here and here and etc., Americans have become far to fixated on religious representation in politics. From the blog that tells us all about God talk on the presidential campaign trail:

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?

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