"The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is dismayed with comments from Presidential hopeful Senator John McCain. McCain said, in an interview with Beliefnet.com, the United States is a Christian nation and that his Christian faith is of better spiritual guidance than Islam.
Beliefnet.com regularly writes about religious issues of almost every religion and denomination. In this interview Sen. McCain was asked about a Muslim running for President he replied, "I just have to say in all candor that since this Nation was founded primarily on Christian principles…I prefer someone who I know has a solid grounding in my faith." After the interview was posted McCain clarified his remarks saying he would, "vote for a Muslim if he or she was the candidate best able to lead the country and defend our political values."
ADC National Executive Director Kareem Shora said, "Senator McCain has clearly forgotten that our nation's Founding Fathers created a government based on the separation of church and state. They based the US on democracy and pluralism, not on theocracy and religion.""