Republican Presidential candidate Dr Ben Carson generated outrage when he passed comments on the eligibility of a Muslim to become President of the United States.
During an appearance on NBC’s Meet The Press, Dr Carson said he does not agree with a Muslim being handed the highest office of the land.
“No, I do not,” Carson said when asked if he thought Islam was consistent with the constitution of the United States
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”
Facing severe backlash for what appeared to be bigoted comments, Carson tracked back a bit. He clarified that he would support a Muslim for President “if they embrace American values and they place our Constitution at the top level, above their religious beliefs.”
I would come back to why that last statement is farcical in a bit, but passing those comments seem to have erupted into a gold mine for Dr Carson. Carson tells Fox News that his campaign has seen a rush of donations since making those comments.
“The money has been coming in so fast, it’s hard to even keep up with it,” Carson told the conservative TV network.
“I remember the day of the last debate, within 24 hours we raised $1 million. And it’s coming in at least at that rate if not quite a bit faster.”
So what we are seeing here is Carson seemingly being rewarded for passing those comments on Muslims when most liberals would agree it’s a prejudicial statement.
However looking at the way the campaign has been unfolding so far it should not really come as much of a surprise. Leading the polls is Donald Trump, the one man who has made it a habit of offending every class of people except white America. It seems the flames the Republican party has been fanning for so long of immigrants taking over the country is finally bearing fruits as the racists and bigots now have a candidate they can hang their hat on.
At a recent Trump rally a man got up to indicate that there is a problem in the country, and it is called Muslims. Trump only smiled and nodded and trolled off his usual strain of gibberish.
And now Carson seems to be receiving the same endorsement, although it’s not clear if he foresaw this when he passed those comments. He is reaping the fruits of them however and it is astonishing that the top two candidates for the Republican nomination are the two who probably have the least respect for the Establishment clause.
Now to get back to those funny comments of Ben Carson about the conditions under which he would support a Muslim candidate. I’ll repeat what he said again…
“If they embrace American values and they place our Constitution at the top level, above their religious beliefs.”
Ha! Imagine that coming from a Republican. The whole Kim Davis brouhaha has been going on because Davis wants to use her religion to determine how other people should live their lives, despite what the Supreme Court has said. And Dr Carson is one of the people who expressed support for the stance taken by Davis.
There should be that separation, but Davis and Carson are not really interested in that. They only want the separation for other religions except Christianity. That’s why Dr Carson said what he said about Muslims, and that is why Kim Davis could not answer when she was asked on Fox if a Muslim clerk who refused a license to a Christian and a Muslim going to marry also deserved to be accommodated.
All these people are saying is, there should be a separation of church and state, except for our religion.