Ben Carson To America: No Muslim Should Be President (VIDEO)
Republican candidates for president have apparently made the despicable decision to use the 0.9% of the American population that is Muslim as live bait in attracting the votes of the 25% who are fundamentalist Christians. Ben Carson is the latest to pile on, after losing ground in the polls after the second Republican debate.
Carson’s remarks came in an interview Sunday with TV personality, Chuck Todd — who, himself, is not worthy of the title journalist for admittedly lobbing soft balls at Republicans. During the Meet the Press interview, Todd asked Carson whether a president’s faith should matter. The brain surgeon answered:
“I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the constitution, no problem.”
no muslim need apply in carson’s america
His stance singled out only one religion: no Muslim should be president. Period. He said:
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”
He did not, of course, give any specifics about how Islam doesn’t “fit” with American values and principles. Nor did he talk about what should happen to a presidential candidate who blatantly ignores Article VI of that very same constitution. Article VI says:
“No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Carson’s comments were yet another example of what appears to be accepted Republican strategy. Last week, Donald Trump failed to challenge the Islamophobia of a fan, but he’s still the frontrunner for the party faithful.
39% of republicans might agree to no muslim president
And why not? Look at what they have to gain. A poll in Iowa earlier this year showed that 39% of Republicans believe Islam is inherently violent, as opposed to 13% of Democrats. We all know who Carson and Trump are playing to when they fan hatred and bigotry. Carson lost his 2nd place status to Carly Fiorina and is now in 3rd place in the polls, so he has some ground to make up if he’s going to overtake the frontrunner.
But that 39% of Republicans isn’t enough to put either man in the White House — not when they continue adding to the list of ‘enemies’ that they are warring against. Women, racial minorities, Muslims, atheists — where does it end?
The reactions to Carson’s words were immediate. Two members of Congress are Muslim: Rep. Keith Ellison (D- Minn) and André Carson (D- Ind). Ellison released the following statement:
“For Ben Carson, Donald Trump, or any other Republican politician to suggest that someone of any faith is unfit for office is out of touch with who we are as a people.
“It’s unimaginable that the leading GOP presidential candidates are resorting to fear mongering to benefit their campaigns, and every American should be disturbed that these national figures are engaging in and tolerating blatant acts of religious bigotry.”
However, neither Carson nor Trump is likely to be concerned about offending the sensibilities of Democratic Congressmen. Other Republicans were no more inclined to confront the doctor over his remarks than was Chuck Todd, with the exception of Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Graham is also running for president, but apparently not on board with employing anti-Muslim rhetoric to win voters. He invoked the fact that many Muslims serve in the military and that the comments were an affront to them. He said:
“I think Dr Carson needs to apologize.”
So far, Carson hasn’t shown any inclination to do that, but his campaign managers seem worried. A spokesman said that the doctor will soon reach out to the Muslim community.
read the constitution, republicans!
Good luck with that! Nihad Awad, director of the Council on Islamic-American Relations, was much blunter than Sen. Graham in his assessment of what needs to happen — and it wasn’t an apology. Awad said:
“This disqualifies [Carson] from being a president.
“My advice to GOP presidential candidates: Read the US constitution if you haven’t yet! It keeps America great.”
The apparent lack of knowledge that Republican candidates display about the constitution is appalling. Their willingness to flaunt their so-called ‘Christianity’ as a means of violating the founding document of the United States government shows exactly who it is who is not “consistent” with “the values and principles” of this country — and exactly who isn’t “fit” to lead the nation.
Watch a clip of Ben Carson’s remarks here: