Herman Cain Pledges to Fight Influence of Buddhist Law In US
DES MOINES – Republican presidential candidate and pizza-maker Herman Cain recently vowed to oppose the increasing influence of Buddhist law in the United States should he be elected president. He made the pledge during a campaign stop in rural Iowa.
Cain explained his position to the crowd, saying, “Buddhist law does not align with traditional American values. One with everything? Sounds like Socialism to me. Herman Cain does not like that.”
Cain has recently come under fire for comments made in regard to his aversion toward hiring Muslims, and toward allowing Muslims to build mosques. He has justified those statements by arguing that Sharia Law, a system of Islamic legal and moral codes, is threatening to take hold in the United States. His latest statements regarding Buddhism seem to follow the same line of argument.
“Buddhism is both a religion and a set of laws,” said Cain. “That’s the difference between any one of our other traditional religions where it’s just about the faith.” Regarding his belief that all Buddhists follow the Dalai Lama, Cain said, “Dual loyalty is un-American. Real citizens don’t follow foreign religious leaders.”
Expecting criticism for his comments, Cain sought to reassure his audience that he was motivated by patriotism. “I oppose these Muslim laws because America is a Christian nation. Herman Cain does not see any bigotry in that.”
Political insiders have argued that these recent statements will harm Herman Cain’s standing among Muslim and Buddhist Republican primary voters, though the candidate does not seem worried about this. He finished his remarks by saying, “I don’t have anything against Muslims or Buddhists, though, just to be clear. If they think I don’t like them, well, I’ll give them a pizza! We’ve even got a new and very tasty pulled pork topping!”
By David Epstein