Mansoor Ijaz: “[Romney] accept[s] excluding Muslims [from cabinet level positions] because of their religion, claiming they’re too much of a minority for a post in high-level policymaking”

“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,” writes Mansoor Ijaz in a CS Monitor release titled A Muslim belongs in the Cabinet; Muslims are uniquely qualified to help deter Islamist threats

[His excellency, the imperious and remote Romney himself] 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.”

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 … etc.

Set aside Romney’s bizarre theory of cabinet leadership that links the religion or ethnicity of cabinet members to whether those religions or ethnicities are of a sufficient level to warrant representation—set aside that cabinet members are not representatives of any kind, whether representatives of peoples religions or some other sort of representatives—set aside that Romney proposes to exclude people from his cabinet based on their religion—set aside that Romney is himself a member of a religious minority—set all of that aside and simply ask yourself: do you really want this misguided man to be your president?

LJ of race42008 further comments:

… [Romney’s policy of excluding Muslims] is all the more extraordinary because Zalmay Khalilzad is the highest ranking Muslim in the US government and currently serves as UN Ambassador, after doing stints as US Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan (not to mention being one of the brightest thinkers to come out of RAND). And yet, he would be excluded from a Romney cabinet position. That’s just great … etc.

yours &c.
dr. g.d.

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