Don’t vote a Muslim as US President – Ben Carson

Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson speaks during a forum, in Manchester, N.H.
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AP – Republican 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.

Carson’s comments drew strong criticism from the country’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“To me this really means he is not qualified to be president of the United States,” said the group’s spokesman, Ibrahim Hooper. “You cannot hold these kinds of views and at the same time say you will represent all Americans, of all faiths and backgrounds.”

Hooper said the Constitution expressly forbids religious tests for those seeking public office and called for the repudiation of “these un-American comments.”

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.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who taped Sunday an episode of Iowa Press, an Iowa Public Television program, was asked if he agreed with Carson’s statements on Muslims being president. “The Constitution specifies that there shall be no religious test for public office, and I am a constitutionalist,” Cruz said.

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 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 two Muslim members, Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Andre Carson of Indiana.

“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.

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  • Pope said! Terrorism is a defiant forms of religion. Truly, Islam is characterized by defiantly and this kind of belief is the cause of world crisis.

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  • it is true that Islam promote violence, check out all over the world ,the Muslim counties are prone to bomb blast,killings,wars ,so many terrorists group etc.e.g Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Somali, Afghanistan, northern Nigerians, and Iran.etc. this places recorded on daily basis huge number of deaths,as a result of man made factors. in Nigeria for example due usual attacks to Christian in north east of the country, forced investors to leave the they are complaining of under development. let me tell them secret of rapidly development in south east,is because we do believe in community efforts. immediately after my SSCE ,I was Levied to contributes for construction of community health center and secondary school. pls tell me how many communities in the North can do that, only govt.

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  • Bus 29 , you are dreaming so killing people gives you joy if not repent and embrace Christ for the savaltio of your soul

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  • Then why are you Nigerian Christian shouting about GAY/LESBIAN.that is the ethical part that these enemy of GOD are saying and yet they are Christian. enough of hypocracy. It is on record that only muslim faithful wishes and willing to practice the law as it was written in their religion book. NO Christian or Judaism are willing to do so. I stand to be corrected. but one thing is certain,islam will overcome all these abrahmic religion and carry the banner of ALLAH to salvage the entire human race.

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  • I agree with Carson.
    Yes, religious test not constitutional but practice of religion in form of policy making of course, it is antithetical because majority of religious muslims want that. BBC poll shows that even 70% muslims disagree with brutal act of ISLAMIC STATE, 95% support their cause ( islamic Sharia law). Sharia law is antithetical to freedom of all persons

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  • Obama is from a Muslim background..Obama is a Muslim..He is just deceiving Americans that he is a Christian..there's no Muslim that doesn't have sympathy for all this terrorist disturbing the world..They will come out public and condemn terrorism but privately supporting them

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  • MR CARSON's statement here is absolutely correct, they the muslims are the major problem the world is facing to in order to avoid their suicide bombing, sliting of throat, killing for no reason and believing their killing the infidel for God to be satisfy, 72 virgins in heaven is awaiting their males who can sacrifice in soul for stupid reasons etc what a brutal religion.

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