Cain says doctor’s Muslim-sounding name worried him

By Andrew Jones
Monday, November 21, 2011 14:36 EDT
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Herman Cain said this past weekend at a Christian-theme amusement park in central Florida that doctors who are not Christian make him nervous.

According to a story released Monday morning by Yahoo News’s The Ticket, Cain revealed to a crowd at The Holy Land Experience theme park his fear when he found out that a surgeon he once saw during chemotherapy was named “Dr. Abudullah.”

“I said to his physician assistant, ‘That sounds foreign,’” he said. “Not that I had anything against foreign doctors–but it sounded too foreign. “She said, ‘He’s from Lebanon.’ Oh, Lebanon! My mind immediately started thinking, ‘Wait a minute, maybe his religious persuasion is different than mine!’ She could see the look on my face and she said, ‘Don’t worry, Mr. Cain, he’s a Christian from Lebanon.’”

Upon hearing that news, the former Godfather’s CEO pizza said, “Hallelujah! Thank God.”

Cain however has reportedly told the story before, as noted by Slate’s David Weigel, though long before his emergence in the GOP presidential race.

Cain has also had other moments of expressing negative feelings toward Muslims. Earlier in the year, he told Think Progress that he wouldn’t have any Muslims in his cabinet if he was president. He has since apologized repeatedly for that remark.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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