Herman Cain has taken to telling Christian audiences an anecdote in which he feared being seen by a doctor with the last name Abdallah during his cancer treatments until he learned the doctor was Christian. Yahoo News's Chris Moody quotes Cain telling the story to an audience at The Holy Land Experience, a Christian-themed amusement park in Florida:
I said to his physician assistant, I said, 'That sounds foreign--not that I had anything against foreign doctors--but it sounded too foreign," Cain tells the audience. "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.'"
"Hallelujah!" Cain says. "Thank God!"
Dave Weigel at Slate notes that Cain has told this story before. He reminds readers (and perhaps Cain?) that Lebanon is actually about 35 percent Catholic or Orthodox Christian, and writes, "You're left to wonder what would have happened had the doctor been a Muslim or a Druze or something. You're also left asking: Uh, why does Cain think this story's such a home run with Christian audiences?"
Watch him tell the story back in February here:
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