I was shocked, genuinely shocked, when I read a news report titled Herman Cain Was Elated When He Learned That His Muslim-Sounding Doctor Wasn’t Muslim. For those of you who have been staying away from the circus that is US politics at the moment, Herman Cain is one of the people who is desperately hoping that the Republican party will pick him as their nominee for President. That’s right, this is a guy who is hoping to be President of the United States. The man that, if he is elected, will be on the world stage and who as part of his job will have to work with people from all over the world and from all religions. This man thinks it’s perfect okay to tell the world that he was glad he didn’t have a Muslim doctor treating him.
Now I know there are bigots in the world, my mother is one of them. On my trip back to Australia, my mother wanted to know if there were Muslims in Hamburg because apparently there are now a lot of them in Australia. She also informed me that there was now ‘lots of those black people living in Newcastle’. I was disgusted at her attitude and I am disgusted at Cain’s attitude. Bigotry is not okay. It has never been okay and it will never be okay. Race and religion should not matter. The only thing that should matter is if the person you are dealing with is a good person. Do they treat you and others with kindness? Or do they spread hatred? It doesn’t matter what god they pray to or what clothes they wear, that they are a good, kind person is all that does.