Ben Carson told NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday that he doesn't think a Muslim should be president. He said, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”
When asked if he believed Islam is consistent with the Constitution, Carson answered, “No, I don’t, I do not.”
Carson may be right about Islam not being consistent with the Constitution, but it's no more inconsistent than Evangelical Christianity. You're either down with the Constitution or you're not.
Dr. Carson seems like a nice guy. He reminds me of the time before Quaaludes were listed as a Schedule 1 drug and you could get them on sale, 2 for 5 bucks.
As an aside, why is it that no one calls him Dr. Carson? He is a doctor, after all. When they come on his show, everyone calls Al Sharpton, "Rev."
As a presidential candidate, Dr. Carson will make a very fine pediatric neurosurgeon.
Doubling down on his comment, Carson likened his rebuke of Muslims as presidential candidates to saying that we shouldn't hand over control of our government to Hillary Clinton. The problem is that I can't tell if he's smart enough to have calculated that response. In any case, it's ridiculous.
Maybe Trump was right. Maybe Carson is just an OK surgeon.
One thing Trump was right about, though is that he shouldn't have to defend the President if someone calls him a Muslim. Calling the President a Muslim shouldn't be any different than calling him a Catholic, a Jew, an Episcopalian (whatever that is), a Wiccan or an atheist.
The truth, though is that it is different, that we're a nation of Islamaphobes and calling the President a Muslim is always said derogatorily.
We have three reasons to fear and loathe Muslims and none are totally without merit. The first reason, of course is the worldwide reign of terrorist attacks on soft targets, the most notable of which was our World Trade Center.
The second reason is the overwhelming desire a certain segment of the Muslim population has to establish a worldwide caliphate and subject all of Earth's inhabitants to sharia law.
Reason number 3 is closely related to reason number 2, we'll just call it ISIS.
When Dr. Ben Carson said that Islam is inconsistent with the Constitution, he was referring to the fear that a Muslim president would be driven by the dictates of his religious beliefs and the leaders of Islam.
Much the same fear as White Anglo-Saxon Protestant America had when little Catholic John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960.
To be fair, it's much more likely that some wacky ayatollah or mullah would try to influence one of his flock to do something horrible than would the Pope.
Another aside: The papacy of St. John XXIII coincided with the presidency of JFK. Pope John removed the term "faithless" from the Easter liturgy as it pertained to Jews and confessed, on behalf of the Church to centuries of antisemitism.
A president could have had much worse advisers.
Back to Dr. Carson. In 2011 Dr. Carson gave a speech about "Creationism vs Evolution" and said, “This whole creation evolution controversy has been raging on really from the beginning. Because what is Satan’s plan? To get rid of God. To disparage God. To mis-characterize God.”
Clearly, Dr. Carson has strong religious beliefs. A president who rejects Evolution may be consistent with the Constitution, but is it consistent with the 21st Century?
Like many other Republican presidential candidates, Carson has rejected the Supreme Court upholding the constitutional rights of same sex couples to join the rest of us in unholy matrimony.
Dr. Carson echoes Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and all the others who believe that the laws of our nation are not binding on them if they don't agree with them. To them, their religious beliefs supersede all else, even when they crush the constitutional rights of everyone else.
Like Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, they are liars and hypocrites.
Ms. Davis is lying to herself if she thinks she is following her religion. In the Statement of Faith of Apostolic Christianity, the 17th principle states, "Governmental authority is respected and obeyed. Members serve in a non-combatant status in the military. Oaths are not taken, but truth is affirmed."
Davis defied her religion when she took her oath of office and she defied it again when she refused to obey governmental authority.
And that's the way it is. Religion is a convenience, used as a club in a never ending game of Whac-A-Mole, trying to bop us on our heads into submission.
Dr. Carson doesn't think Islam is consistent with the Constitution and, depending on the practitioner, that may well be the case. It may also be the case that none of the debaters at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library last week are consistent with the Constitution.
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