GOP Candidate Ben Carson severely decreased his own chances to win the elections after offending the Muslim voters in US. “It is an absurd hypothetical question“.
In response to a question of whether faith matters in presidential politics, Carson replied that it doesn’t unless it was “inconsistent with American values”.
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Carson, a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, said: “I guess it depends on what that faith is”.
“I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country“, Carson said, referencing the Islamic law derived from the Koran and traditions of Islam.
“His views are inconsistent with the United States Constitution”, said the group’s executive director, Nihad Awad, noting the document expressly prohibits a religious test for public office. “But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the Constitution, no problem”, he explained. That includes people of all faith.
The issue abruptly surfaced in recent days when Republican frontrunner Donald Trump let pass unchallenged a questioner’s assertion that US President Barack Obama was a Muslim.
The organization said today it looks forward to a meeting with him, but believes he should apologize to the Muslim community and the American people.
“There are Muslims who I know who are committed conservative Republicans They certainly would be welcome in our party and they would be welcome to be elected if they were the best person for the job”, Triantafilou said.
Immediately following Awad’s comments, Carson’s business manager, Armstrong Williams, told CNN that Carson was not trying to “hurt or offend” but came to his conclusion about Islam “because of his love for America”.
Carson is offering new insight into his controversial comments that he would not advocate electing a Muslim to be president of the United States. “We call on our nation’s political leaders – across the political spectrum – to repudiate these unconstitutional and un-American statements and for Mr. Carson to withdraw from the presidential race”. Trump was criticized by both Democrat and Republican candidates and representatives.