On Sunday’s Meet the Press, presidential hopeful Ben Carson said that he would not support a Muslim candidate for president, and that Islam is not consistent with the U.S. Constitution. The remarks prompted jeers from many, including the Baltimore Jewish Council and Sen. Barbara Mikulski. On Monday, Carson went on Hannity to clarify his position, but he only put a finer point on his apparent Islamophobia.
Carson told host Sean Hannity that he would support a hypothetical Muslim candidate for president should that person meet one condition. “If someone has a Muslim background and they’re willing to reject those tenets and to accept the way of life that we have and clearly will swear to place our Constitution above their religion, then of course they will be considered infidels and heretics, but at least I would then be quite willing to support them,” Carson said.
Would Carson demand the same from a Christian candidate? Of course he would. “If you’re a Christian and you’re running for president and you want to make us into a theocracy, I’m not going to support you.” Carson said. “I’m not going to advocate you being the president.”
(It’s an bold statement for Carson to make, considering his defense of county clerk Kim Davis of Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is the law of the land. “This is a Judeo-Christian nation,” Carson told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, arguing that Davis’s religious objection to same-sex marriage trumps the Constitution.)
At one point, Hannity attempted to help Carson soften his statements. “Did you mean to say ‘radical Islamist,’ or one that supports a form of government as is practiced in Muslim countries?” the host asked.
Carson replied that “that was implied in the comment.” Which only implies that when someone a posits a hypothetical Muslim candidate for president of the United States, Carson assumes that person would be a “radical Islamist,” which is the real problem.
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