Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Islam isn’t consistent with the U.S. Constitution and volunteered that a Muslim should not be president.
Mr. Carson’s comments, aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, came after host Chuck Todd asked if a president’s faith should matter. The question was in the context of Donald Trump on Thursday not correcting a New Hampshire town hall questioner who asserted President Barack Obama is Muslim and proposed “getting rid” of purported Muslim “training camps” in the U.S.
“It depends on what that faith is,” replied Mr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who is a practicing Seventh-Day Adventist. “If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the Constitution, no problem.”
Mr. Todd asked if Mr. Carson believes Islam is “consistent with the Constitution.”
“No, I do not,” Mr. Carson answered. He then added: “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”
Yes, it does rather depend upon which flavour of Islam one talks about but that division between Church and State is, to put it mildly, not quite as firmly drawn as the US Constitution says it is.
There’s a number of Christian denominations that don’t take it all that seriously too.
What I don’t know is quite what Sharia implies. Is an observant politician, for example, duty bound to try to bring in Sharia where they hold some political power? Or is it more about personal behaviour: the politician can let everyone else and the government lend at interest but mustn’t partake themselves?
Anyone actually know?