Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson made something very clear: he would not support a Muslim president of the United States. His reason: the very notion is against the Constitution.
Ben Carson, 64, answered definitively on the Sunday, September 2o episode of Meet The Press that a presidential candidate’s faith should matter: and if that candidate were Muslim, he would not support them. Those are some fighting words, Ben!
“If [a religion is] inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter,” Ben said. “If it fits within the realm of America and is consistent with the Constitution, I have no problem. I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”
To Ben, Islam goes against the Constitution, and the values and principles of America. If the president of the US happened to be Muslim, he couldn’t support them. He didn’t quite elaborate on how Islam is incompatible with the Constitution, though. You know, that whole freedom of religion thing?
At least Ben doesn’t believe that President Obama is secretly Muslim or born outside the United States, like so many conspiracy theorists have vowed. “I have no reason to doubt what [Obama] says,” Ben told host Chuck Todd.
Ben’s comments on Meet The Press drew the outrage of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which called for the GOP candidate to withdraw from the 2016 race due to his ignorance.
“Mr. Carson clearly does not understand or care about the Constitution, which states that ‘no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office,'” the council’s executive director, Nihad Awad, said in a statement on Sunday. “We call on our nation’s political leaders — across the political spectrum — to repudiate these unconstitutional and un-American statements and for Mr. Carson to withdraw from the presidential race.”
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— Samantha Wilson