• Ben Carson Takes Heat For Comments About ‘Muslim President’

    Ben Carson says the United States should not elect a Muslim president and claims the Islamic faith inconsistent with the Constitution.

    Carson was asked Sunday on NBC’s  Meet the Press whether a president’s faith should matter to voters.

    “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.”

    “So do you believe Islam is consistent with the Constitution?” asked host Chuck Todd.

    “No, I do not,” the retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate responded. “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”

    He said he is open, though, 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 also defended President Barack Obama from the rumor that he is secretly Muslim.

    Carson’s comment comes on the heels of GOP front-runner Donald Trump taking a question from a man at a campaign rally attendee who said, “We have a problem in this country; it’s called Muslims” and claimed that Obama is a Muslim.

    Trump has since said he has many Muslim friends, but Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” he added that the problem is “radical Muslims.”

    Plenty of Americans feel just like Carson does, according to a Gallup poll released in June. The survey showed that 38 percent of Americans would not support a Muslim candidate for president. A candidate who isAtheist (40 percent) and or a socialist (50 percent) were the only less-desirable characteristics.

    Carson later clarified that was specifically referencing a person who believes in a theocratic government.

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