2007 September 30 Sunday
John McCain: President Should Be Christian, Not Muslim

John McCain needs to square his religious beliefs with his position on immigration.

It doesn't seem like a Muslim candidate would do very well, according to that standard.
I admire the Islam. There's a lot of good principles in it. I think one of the great tragedies of the 21st century is that these forces of evil have perverted what's basically an honorable religion. But, no, I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles.... personally, I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith. But that doesn't mean that I'm sure that someone who is Muslim would not make a good president. I don't say that we would rule out under any circumstances someone of a different faith. I just would--I just feel that that's an important part of our qualifications to lead.*

People are raising similar concerns about Mitt Romney’s Mormonism, which some consider to be outside the Judeo-Christian tradition.
I believe that the Mormon religion is a religion that I don't share, but I respect. More importantly, I've known so many people of the Mormon faith who have been so magnificent. I think that Governor Romney's religion should not, absolutely not, be a disqualifying factor when people consider his candidacy for President of the United States, absolutely not.

This is the same Senator John McCain who championed the Kennedy-McCain immigration amnesty bill. I would like to know whether Senator McCain also thinks we should keep out Muslim immigrants. If they aren't fit to be President surely they aren't fit to come here and vote for Muslim political candidates.

When Keith Ellison was sworn in as the Congressional Representative using a Koran for a district in Minnesota (really) Republican Virgil Goode sent a letter out to some constituents saying immigration of Muslims should be stopped.

When I raise my hand to take the oath on Swearing In Day, I will have the Bible in my other hand. I do not subscribe to using the Koran in any way. The Muslim Representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district and if American citizens don’t wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran. We need to stop illegal immigration totally and reduce legal immigration and end the diversity visas policy pushed hard by President Clinton and allowing many persons from the Middle East to come to this country. I fear that in the next century we will have many more Muslims in the United States if we do not adopt the strict immigration policies that I believe are necessary to preserve the values and beliefs traditional to the United States of America and to prevent our resources from being swamped.

The Ten Commandments and “In God We Trust” are on the wall in my office. A Muslim student came by the office and asked why I did not have anything on my wall about the Koran. My response was clear, “As long as I have the honor of representing the citizens of the 5th District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives, The Koran is not going to be on the wall of my office.” Thank you again for your email and thoughts.

Does John McCain believe immigration of Muslims should be stopped? Or does he prefer that we get more elected officials who are not only not Christian but who embrace a religion that sees Christianity as the enemy and Christians as people who should be relegated to second class citizenship through the institution of dhimmitude? I think we shouldn't let in groups that will make TV networks scared to run a cartoon depiction of a religious figure. I think we shouldn't let in a group that we'll have to pay their religious institutions money in order to prevent them from being influenced by radical foreign influences. I think we shouldn't let in groups that create no-go areas for white people. I think we should keep all the wretched tragedy that Muslims visit upon non-Muslims out of America.

I also think that cartoonists shouldn't have to go into hiding.

In August, Swedish artist Lars Vilks drew a cartoon with Mohammed’s head on a dog’s body. He is now in hiding after Al Qaeda in Iraq placed a bounty of $100,000 on his head (with a $50,000 bonus if his throat is slit) and police told him he was no longer safe at home.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 September 30 02:30 PM  Politics Religious

John S Bolton said at September 30, 2007 2:53 PM:

He's not sure that an Islamic president wouldn't be bad for America, and he knows that the president has the top miltary rank?
How can someone who believes in the war of religion against the infidel be trusted with the command of the armed forces?
McCain has managed to get the worst of both sides in this indulgence of mindless anti-discrimination feeling;
he comes off a traitor and not a very advanced liberal either. Both sides liberals and right-wingers should now see him as an enemy, who cannot be trusted in the least. His security clearance urgently needs review.

irish savant said at September 30, 2007 3:10 PM:

McCain makes all the standard disclaimers about Islam ('great religion, perverted by evil ones' etc. However, the true Islam is violent and intolerant (see my post http://irishsavant.blogspot.com/2007/02/islams-cool.html). It's Al Queda and their like who are the true Muslims. They are the ones who practice what the 'sacred' texts propose. I dont believe anybody who has read these texts could honestly come out with the kind of blather McCian treats us to.

Dave said at September 30, 2007 4:34 PM:

"Schoolgirls in Lancashire and Yorkshire are falling prey to sinister gangs of pimps. Two men have been sent to jail, but the girls’ mothers, not the police, are at the forefront of the crackdown. Why are the authorities so reluctant to get involved?" (yes its Muslims)

bill said at September 30, 2007 6:49 PM:

Yes, they should be barred from entering the country and the ones here should be given an "incentive" to leave. Several European countries are now offering Muslims incentive to leave and go back where they came from. The are also implementing "whole family deportation" if one member is involved in any criminal activity. If one does it....the ALL go back at once.

Or, we will eventually have to pursue a rapid application of the 2nd amendment.

m said at September 30, 2007 7:25 PM:

McCain has one constituency...John McCain.

tommy said at September 30, 2007 7:44 PM:

McCain also doesn't believe English should be the official language. Apparently, he would be just find with a Spanish-speaker as prez so long as they were also Christian.

dchamil said at October 1, 2007 7:49 AM:

Should we consider a Muslim presidential candidate? Well, how about a Christian as a ruler of Saudi Arabia, or a Muslim as prime minister of Israel? Culture matters, and the more hostile immigrants you have, the more it matters.

John Smith said at October 1, 2007 4:44 PM:

Look, both dogmatic religions are absurd in the tradition of Sam Harris. Of course, I would trust Christians infinitely over Muslims. Christians are just simply moderate muslims. The evangelicals are also trying to push their religious agenda on us like Muslims. The Christians are just less demanding and less fanatical.

Irish savant said at October 2, 2007 2:09 PM:

Bill is incorrect, unfortunately. Some European countries, most notably Switzerland, are CONSIDERING all-family deportations, but as you'd expect, the response has been hysterical

sarah said at August 31, 2008 2:02 AM:

too bad Obama isnt a Muslim.
you idiots.

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