Ever since Herman Cain appeared on the presidential scene, he has been Bryan Fischer’s candidate of choice. Cain has been on Fischer’s radio program multiple times, most recently promising Fischer that he would not appoint any Muslims if he became president.
That was news to Fischer’s ears because he openly attacks Muslims on a daily basis, demanding that they be banned from immigrating to the United States, serving in the military, and building mosques while demanding they convert to Christianity or else be charged with treason and deported.
But while Cain’s pledge not to appoint any Muslims won his accolades from Fischer, his statement that he would be willing to appoint an openly gay person to serve in his administration probably will not:
During a question and answer session in Pella, IA this afternoon, ThinkProgress asked Cain if he would be opposed to appointing a qualified gay person to serve in his cabinet. Cain said he would have no problem appointing someone who was openly gay, then immediately refreshed his anti-Muslim rhetoric. Leaning in conspiratorially, Cain explained gay appointees are “not going to try to put sharia laws in our laws,” before laughing.
This is undoubtedly not sit well with Fischer, who has openly declared that “homosexuals should be disqualified from public office:
Character is an important qualification for public service, and what an individual does in his private sexual life is a critical component of character. A man who ignores time-honored standards of sexual behavior simply cannot be trusted with the power of public office.
So how will Fischer respond to this answer and, more importantly, how long will it take Cain to back-peddle from it once his base of ultra-right-wing supporters make their displeasure known?