Tuesday, November 27, 2007Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, upon being asked whether he would hire a cabinet member of the Muslim faith, stated the following:
“…based on the numbers of American Muslims [as a percentage] in our population, I cannot see that a cabinet position would be justified."
Romney is making some very bizarre claims. Implicitly he is arguing that the cabinet should reflect the demography of the country, something Republicans have traditionally criticized. Does this mean that the Cabinet would be 30% non-white? 25% non-christian? 15% foreign born? Majority female? Furthermore, Romney, as a Mormon, wouldn't be eligible to serve in the Cabinet according to his own criteria (% of the population), since Mormons make up roughly the same share of the U.S. population as Muslims.
Beyond this, Romney has stated explicitly that he intends to violate federal non-discrimination laws. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act forbids hiring and firing on the basis of religious belief. As such, Romney would have to be prosecuted by his own justice department.
Romney is the weirdest sort of hypocritical pandering bigot.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 12:34 PM
Ah, but you're forgetting that he's rich, which exempts him from any rules, including his own. Me, I think Mitt Romney is a [bleep]. But "hypocritical pandering bigot" works too. :-)By Mad Hatter, at 11:21 PM