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In this March 26, 2011 photo, former CEO of Godfather In this March 26, 2011 photo, former CEO of Godfather's Pizza and Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  

Cain meets with American Muslim leaders, apologizes for past comments that ‘might have caused offense’

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

Republican presidential contender Herman Cain met with America Muslim leaders at the ADAMS Center in Sterling, Va., Wednesday and released a statement afterwards apologizing for some of his past comments about the American Muslim community that “might have caused offense.”

“While I stand by my opposition to the interference of Shariah law into the American legal system, I remain humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends,” he said. “I am truly sorry for any comments that may have betrayed my commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it. Muslims, like all Americans, have the right to practice their faith freely and peacefully.”

Among those in attendance, according to the Cain campaign, were Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of the ADAMS Center, Sister Humera Khan, director of Muflehun.org, Joshua Salaam, youth director of the ADAMS Center and a former U.S. military officer, and Robert Marro, a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer who sits on the board of trustees of the ADAMS Center.

“As I expected, we discovered we have much more in common in our values and virtues,” Cain said. “Those in attendance, like most Muslim Americans, are peaceful Muslims and patriotic Americans whose good will is often drowned out by the reprehensible actions of jihadists.”

The Daily Caller was the first to report Tuesday that Cain would be meeting with American Muslim leaders in a roundtable discussion on politics and religion.

Cain had come under fire for comments that were perceived as being bigoted toward Islam and the Muslim community, including stating that he would be uncomfortable appointing a Muslim to his cabinet were he to be elected. (RELATED: Exclusive: Cain to hold roundtable discussion with American Muslim leaders)

According to its Web site, the ADAMS Center is “one of the largest Muslim communities/mosques” in the United States, servicing over 5,000 families in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.