“In my own life as a black youth growing up in the segregated South, I understand their frustration with stereotypes. Those in attendance, like most Muslim Americans, are peaceful Muslims and patriotic Americans whose good will is often drowned out by the reprehensible actions of jihadists.”

So said presidential candidate Herman Cain, as he apologized for speaking the truth.

He spoke out against Shariah. He said that local people could and should resist the construction of Islamic supremacist mega-mosques. And it’s true: It is not an infringement of the freedom of religion to resist a Muslim Brotherhood beachhead in your neighborhood.

He said that if he became president, he wouldn’t appoint a Muslim to his cabinet, explaining: “I would have to have people totally committed to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, and many of the Muslims, they’re not totally dedicated to this country.” This was an awkward comeback, but again, his statement was true: Many Muslims aren’t. Look at the Times Square bomber, the Christmas underwear bomber, the Portland Christmas tree-lighting bomber, the two Fort Hood jihadists and so many others.

But now Cain has met with Muslim leaders, apologized and backtracked completely. In an embarrassingly abject statement, he said that he was “humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends.” He said he was “truly sorry for any comments that may have betrayed my commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it.”

Cain said this to five leaders of the ADAMS Center, the deceptively-acronymed All Dulles Area Muslim Society, which, according to a February 2008 report, “was founded and financed by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and has been one of the top distributors of Wahhabist anti-Semitic and anti-Christian dogma.” Cain met with Mohamed Magid, who is also the head of the Islamic Society of North America, which has admitted ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

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When he initially came out so strongly against Islamic supremacism, many of us thought that Cain had demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the jihadic doctrine. Maybe it wasn’t so brilliantly articulated, but so what? While he may have said things awkwardly, such as his statement about not appointing Muslims to a cabinet position, clearly he was speaking to the stealth jihad. He wasn’t talking about people of Muslim background like Ibn Warraq, Wafa Sultan, Nonie Darwish and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. He was talking about people like the silver-tongued deceiver and pseudo-moderate Tariq Ramadan, who just recently said in Texas that “it should be us, with our understanding of Islam, our principles, colonizing positively the United States of America.”

Cain didn’t articulate it well, but we thought he was referring to Muslim Brotherhood proxies in government like Rep. Hakim Muhammad, aka Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and the damage they can do from within. (Congressman Muhammad went on the pilgrimage to Mecca paid for by the Muslim American Society, the chief arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S.) And no, I would not name a hafiz to my cabinet.

So we thought Cain knew and understood the jihad threat. But now it turns out that his seemingly strong stance was just knee-jerk political opportunism.

Cain’s apology was completely wrongheaded. The resistance to jihad is not against people – it is not against Muslims. It’s against an ideology – a radically repressive and intolerant ideology.

What Cain doesn’t understand is that his lack of spine and political will and conviction has done more to hurt the counter-jihad movement than had he not said anything at all. Muslims like blacks in the segregated South? Please. Muslims face no discrimination in the United States, and blacks in the segregated South were not plotting terror attacks and boasting about “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within,” as a captured internal Muslim Brotherhood document describes its strategy in America.

Who exactly is whispering in his ear? I’d love to know. Who got to him? Obviously, the ADAMS Center connection shows that the Muslim Brotherhood got to him. But it’s a good thing we found out how weak he was. Because the only thing Herman Cain had going for him as a candidate was his apparent courage in facing the real enemy within and without. In issuing this apology, he thought he saved his candidacy; in fact, he killed it.

What Herman Cain doesn’t know is how they laughed when he left the room. And rubbed their hands in glee.

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