Republican candidate Carson says Muslims unfit to be US president

Published: September 20, 2015
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US Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville, South Carolina September 18, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

US Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville, South Carolina September 18, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON: Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Sunday said Muslims were unfit to be president of the United States, arguing their faith was inconsistent with American principles.

“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” Carson told NBC Meet the Press.

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has been near the top of opinion polls for the crowded field of Republican candidates, said he thought a US president’s faith should be “consistent with the Constitution.”

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Asked if he thought Islam met this bar, Carson said: “No, I do not.”

Carson gave up some ground in a CNN/ORC poll released on Sunday, slipping to third place from second with 14 percent of support. Sixteen Republicans are seeking the party’s nomination for the U.S. presidential election in November 2016.

The CNN/ORC poll showed real estate mogul Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican contest with the support of 24 percent of registered voters, down from 32 percent in a previous poll. Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina surged into second place with 15 percent support.

“It’s obviously a very important moment because now more people know who I am,” Fiorina told “Fox News Sunday.” “We know, based on what’s happened before this debate, that as people come to know me and they understand who I am and what I’ve done and most importantly what I will do they tend to support me.”

Trump, asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” about the poll results, replied: “Well, I’m a little surprised, because other polls have come out where I actually picked up after the debate, I actually gained after the debate. On NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Trump was asked whether he’d accept a Muslim president, and replied: “Some people have said it already happened.”

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  • pk
    Sep 20, 2015 - 10:20PM

    Very true. In their own land they treat other religions as second class. But as soon as they land in other countries they want to be treated as equal. For them it is perfectly normal as per book. This was tribal culture where one tribe was superior to another but in 21st century where world has literally become a street, it looks absurd. Recommend

  • curious2
    Sep 20, 2015 - 10:47PM

    Bold statement – definitely not politically correct. Similar sentiments were popular when Kennedy (a Catholic) announced his intentions to run for President – he circumvented that by making numerous public statements that he wouldn’t be taking orders from the Pope or place his religious beliefs ahead of the interest of the country – suspect a Muslim could do that same.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 20, 2015 - 11:59PM

    By talking on this subject he is opening up a debate where by it will push this issue into the limelight with unpredictable results……its called ‘ shooting yourself in the foot ‘.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Sep 21, 2015 - 12:07AM

    US Democracy functions on ethnic basis no matter if they claim otherwise. Carson whose race has seen slavery ought to have known better. Trump is in the same fish tank. Nothing good can come out of their minds. Recommend

  • Faruq
    Sep 21, 2015 - 12:59AM

    So is he saying the whole “freedom of religion” think in the US constitution doesn’t matter to him?Recommend

  • Haider Rehman
    Sep 21, 2015 - 3:16AM

    If American values are f*cking countries over, then yes, Muslims arent fit to be American presidents…Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 21, 2015 - 7:49AM

    But of course in progressive Pakistan any Ahmadi, Christian, Jew, Hindu can become president or PM!!!! NOT!Recommend

  • V. C. Bhutani
    Sep 21, 2015 - 9:50AM

    This comment is unAmerican.Recommend

  • akram
    Sep 21, 2015 - 2:21PM

    He is trying to please the jews. Thats all it is.Recommend

  • VIVEK YADAV
    Sep 26, 2015 - 10:55PM

    Ah , Pakistanis are chastising Ben Carson for his statement… All the while , back here in Pakistan non-muslims are barred by law from ever becoming the President . Oh , the irony is flowing quite thick here . Can’t breathe !! Too much , irony !Recommend

  • Sauood
    Dec 11, 2015 - 11:44PM

    The people dragging Pakistan into this debate should know that constitution of the country decides its laws. As Pakistan is NOT A SECULAR country and even our constitution doesn’t allow any Non-Muslim to be a presidential candidate. But in case of European, American and other countries including INDIA who CLAIM TO BE secular shouldn’t even indulge in such debates. As the constitution of those countries clearly states that religion is solely an individual’s choice and religious laws won’t interfere with the laws of the country then how come such candidates who don’t even know their own constitution properly are even allowed to run presidential campaigns.Recommend

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