As the Donald Trump clown show slowly begins to exhibit signs of having peaked, Republicans have been busy trying to find the “serious” candidate they can rally support around. For a little while after the second GOP debate, it looked like Carly Fiorina would be that candidate. However, after her business record and her refusal to back down from false statements, Republicans are realizing that she probably isn’t what they are looking for.
So the next possibility is Dr. Ben Carson, another “outsider” candidate who is in a position to pick up some of Trump’s support. It is also appealing to them that he’s black and more than willing to say things that white Republicans can’t without facing criticism. He’s enjoyed quite a bit of increased popularity in Republican primary polling, rising to a virtual tie with Donald Trump after his statement about not supporting a Muslim running for president.
On Sunday, he was interviewed by Martha Raddatz who confronted Carson on his remarks about immigration and religion. Instead of walking back his comments, he attempted to justify his statement by attacking Islam – after claiming that he had no problem with Muslims who valued the Constitution over their religion.
“What we should be talking about is Islam and the tenets of Islam and where do they come from? They come from Sharia. They come from the Koran,” he told host Martha Raddatz. “They come from, you know, the life works and examples of Muhammad. They come from the fatwas, which is the writings of scholars. You know, and if you go back and you look at — what I would like for somebody to show me is an improved Islamic text that opposes Sharia.”
“If you can show me that, I will begin to alter my thinking on this,” he said. “But, right now, when you have something that is against the rights of women, against the rights of gays, subjugates other religions and a host of things that are not compatible with our Constitution, why in fact would you take that chance?” (Source)
Granted, Islam is a religion with a lot of problems – as are any of the other Abrahamic religions. The problem is that while Ben Carson condemns Islam for being incompatible with our Constitution, he belongs to a party that repeatedly tries to place right-wing, fundamentalist Christian beliefs over the documents this country was founded on. Shortly before the Supreme Court’s ruling, Ben Carson claimed that gay rights weren’t the same as civil rights, and other presidential contenders like Mike Huckabee refused to accept marriage equality as being the law of the land.
It is also worth pointing out that Ben Carson is a Seventh-day Adventist, a religion often seen by other Christians (especially Catholics) as extreme and intolerant. For him to criticize all of Islam based on what is in the Koran is equally as asinine as criticizing all of Christianity based on the Bible, or all of Judaism for what is in the Torah.
Perhaps Ben Carson should read his Bible since Seventh-day Adventists like to interpret it so literally. Specifically, he should read up on the parts where it instructs people to welcome refugees and treat them as equals.
“But the stranger that dwells with you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 19:34
You can read the entire transcript via ABC News by clicking here.
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