Former Republican presidential candidate/loving Christian Pat Robertson says their religion disqulaifies Muslims from serving as judges or cabinet officials.
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Robertson — who founded the Christian Coalition — also said he would be wary of appointing Muslims to top positions in the U.S. government, including judgeships
His comments on Islam drew a heated response from Muslim leaders, who criticized them as racist and inaccurate.
Robertson, who launched a brief presidential bid in 1988, said that if he were president he would not appoint Muslims to serve in his Cabinet and that he was not in favor of Muslims serving as judges.
“They have said in the Koran there’s a war against all the infidels,” he said. “Do you want somebody like that sitting as a judge? I wouldn’t.”
The comments drew immediate fire from Islamic organizations.
“Pat Robertson has taken his far-right-wing rhetoric to absurd levels,” said Arsalan Iftikhar, national legal director for the Council on American Islamic Relations. “He is trying to perpetuate this notion that Islam is a monolithic entity inherently at odds with modernity and democracy. That is absolutely false…. American Muslims have long been contributing members of American society. And I guarantee to Mr. Robertson that Muslims will one day become part of the federal bench — whether or not he likes it.”
Pat also planted a wet one on Rudy G. while giving Jesus H. Frist the back of his hand.
Robertson praised former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani on Sunday, saying that despite disagreements on social issues, Giuliani would make “a good president.”
Robertson told “This Week” that he didn’t think Frist would run for president and said, “I just don’t see him as a future president.” But he praised two other senators as possible GOP presidential contenders: Sam Brownback of Kansas and George Allen of Virginia, both of whom are well liked by the Christian right.
Robertson acknowledged that Giuliani did not “share all my particular points of view on social issues,” but added, “Rudy’s a very good friend of mine and did a super job running the city of New York. I think he’d make a good president.”