During his first news conference after Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson blew up social media with his controversial remarks about Muslims, he defended those aforementioned comments, complaining about the ‘politically correct culture.’
Carson stands by his comments that a Muslim should never be in charge of the United States, and that Islam, as a religion, is inconsistent with the United States Constitution.
Ok, folks … time for a lesson in civics. The United States Constitution, as written, is a completely secular document (for those lunging for the dictionary, that means non-religious). While the founding fathers were believers and practiced their religion, they were also strong believers in the separation of church and state. That is why you only see two — yes TWO — references to religion in the entire document. The First Amendment contains the words “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” and Article VI prohibits ‘religious tests’ for public office. That’s it, folks. There is no mention of a ‘national’ religion, Christianity or other religion. PERIOD.
So it’s kind of bothersome when a candidate running for the highest political office in the land excludes the representation of a number of registered voters (albeit a minority, but voters all the same). And when given the opportunity to get a Mulligan, Carson said,
“Sharia law is completely antithetical to Americanism. We need to fix America, and we need to get people to actually start listening and being capable of understanding our Constitution.”
Wha-wha-what??? Carson has taken the practice of sharia law in Muslim countries and superimposed it on the United States, as if there is a movement afoot to replace the Constitution. The hate rhetoric is strong, and only seeks to foster continued anti-Muslim sentiment in this country. Maybe Carson should read a little and start understanding the Constitution himself before attempting to incite the masses.
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