Romney apparently doesn’t mind putting the shoe on the other foot.
U.S. Muslims are charging Mitt Romney with hypocrisy for refusing to consider appointing an Islamic believer to his Cabinet if he is elected president.
At a fundraiser earlier this month in Las Vegas, Pakistani financier Mansoor Ijaz asked 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.”
According to an opinion piece Ijaz wrote in The Christian Science Monitor, Romney replied, “…based on the numbers of American Muslims [as a percentage of] 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.”
Now U.S. Muslim leaders have called for a meeting with Romney, and commentators are pointing out out how often Romney claims religious discrimination against him due to his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Muslims claim up to 7 million members of their faith in the U.S. compared with 5.5 million members claimed by the LDS Church…
…Many Muslims already had a problem with Romney, said Ibrahim Hooper, executive director of Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, D.C. He cited Romney’s 2005 proposal to wiretap U.S. mosques and his Iowa campaign ad entitled “Jihad,” which seems to “legitimize claims by terrorists that they are fighting on behalf of Islam” (“Romney rules out appointing Muslim to cabinet, draws Islamic ire,” Salt Lake Tribune).
Oh, the irony abounds.
I have to hand it to Romney. To be a member of a faith which never hesitates to recall the prejudice and persecution we’ve historically experienced and still pander to the prejudices of the Right like this takes…something.