Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr., the American author, retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, now Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 election, speaking on NBC’s program Meet the Press, has made it absolutely clear that the United States should not elect a Muslim president.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” said Carson.
Carson was being questioned on the subject in light of G.O.P’s front-runner Donald Trump failure to correct a man, an apparent supporter who said
“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims,” and further said “You know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American.”
Asked whether a president’s faith should matter to voters, Carson said, “I guess it depends on what that faith is,” he said.
“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,” he added.
When questioned further on whether Islam is consistent with the Constitution, Carson said: “No, I don’t — I do not.”
He, however, indicated that he would be open to voting for a Muslim for Congress.
“Congress is a different story, but it depends on who that Muslim is and what their policies are, just like it depends on what anybody else is,” Carson said.
“If there’s somebody who is 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,” he continued.
Carson also said he has no reason to believe President Barack Obama isn’t a Christian.
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