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GOP Candidate Carson: Muslim Shouldn’t Be Elected President

bcaRepublican presidential candidate Ben Carson says Islam is antithetical to the Constitution, and he doesn’t believe that a Muslim should be elected president.

Carson, a devout Christian, says a president’s faith should matter to voters if it runs counter to the values and principles of America.

Responding to a question during an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he described the Islamic faith as inconsistent with the Constitution.

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said. “I absolutely would not agree with that.”

He did not specify in what way Islam ran counter to constitutional principles.

In a separate appearance on NBC, one of Carson’s rivals for the GOP nomination, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, was asked whether he would have a problem with a Muslim in the White House. “The answer is, at the end of the day, you’ve got to go through the rigors, and people will look at everything. But, for me, the most important thing about being president is you have leadership skills, you know what you’re doing and you can help fix this country and raise this country. Those are the qualifications that matter to me.”

Carson’s comments came amid lingering fallout over Republican Donald Trump’s refusal last week to take issue with a man during a campaign event who wrongly called President Barack Obama a Muslim and said Muslims are “a problem in this country.”

Also speaking on NBC on Sunday, Trump said that a Muslim in the White House is “something that could happen… Some people have said it already happened, frankly.”

In multiple interviews Sunday, Trump tried to draw a distinction between all American Muslims and extremist Muslims in the U.S. and elsewhere.

“I have friends that are Muslims they’re great people, amazing people,” Trump said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“You have extremists Muslims that are in a class by themselves,” Trump added. “It’s a problem in this country it’s a problem throughout this world….You do have a problem with radical Muslims.”

GOP candidates have since been split over whether to criticize Trump, who has been a vocal skeptic of Obama’s birthplace and faith. Obama is Christian.

In the NBC interview, Carson said he believes that Obama was born in the U.S. and is Christian, saying he has “no reason to doubt” what the president says.

Carson also made a distinction when it came to electing Muslims to Congress, calling it a “different story” from the presidency that “depends on who that Muslim is and what their policies are, just as it depends on what anybody else says.”

Congress has one Muslim member, Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota.

“If there’s somebody who’s of any faith, but they say things, and their life has been consistent with things that will elevate this nation and make it possible for everybody to succeed, and bring peace and harmony, then I’m with them,” Carson said.


6 Responses

  1. A Muslim who takes his religion seriously believes in Sharia Law and does not respect women. It is inconsistent with American values. in the present climate, it’s impossible for a Muslim to be in the White House or have any position of power here. There may be Muslims who are essentially secular and are unfamiliar with the Koran. They might be different.

  2. This guy is the biggest idiot there is if he made such a comment and I don’t see how any Jew would feel comfortable having him as president. He apparently doesn’t set much store by the 1st amendment and would be dangerous for all of us.

  3. Agree with scared driver delight. It is simply foolish to think that a right wing conservative elected as president will end anti-semitism and all our problems will be gone. This man clearly should not be elected president for so many reasons. We have to daven to Hashem that whoever is in the White House next year is a friend to the Jews, and most probably that means a moderate and strong person who is willing to stand up to the truth and truly cares about this country and those who stand for love and peace – not an arrogant extremist who thinks that we should revise the 14th amendment and who has absolutely no experience in politics whatsoever.

  4. #3- The first amendment doesn’t address the issue. The prohibition of religious requirements for office is in Article VI, paragraph 3 of the original constitution (of 1787). — Carson didn’t object to eligibility but only to the desirability of electing a Muslim. As most Muslims in the world hold that there is a duty to convert, by force, the non-Muslim world to Islam, a Muslim American would be adopting a position (as many Muslims have, especially in countries in which they are a minority) that makes them heretics. John Kennedy had a similar problem and had to clearly reject the idea of church influence in order to be accepted as a serious candidate. Given that most of the Muslims world is very anti-democratic (small “d”) and horribly bigotted against both Jews and Christians (bigotted as in engaging in “ethnic cleansing”), Carson is not going to have a big problem because of this.

  5. Yay Carson! And Trump is right. We DO have a Muslim in the White House right now. Why is everyone so afraid to say the Emperor is not wearing any clothes? He was raised in a muslim country and went to a muslim school. So why cant he be a muslim? His actions say he is. So good for Carson!

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