Ben Carson Doubles Down On Statements About Muslim Presidents

| by Sean Kelly
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Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson defended his view that Muslims should not hold the office of President of the United States.

Carson told The Hill that the president should be “sworn in on a stack of Bibles, not a Koran,” after telling Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he would “not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.”

“I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country,” Carson told The Hill. “Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that’s inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution.”

The only exception he would make, the retired neurosurgeon said, would be if the Muslim running for president “publicly rejected all the tenants of Sharia and lived a life consistent with that.”

Carson responded to the criticism aimed at him as a result to his initial comments to Todd, saying that he was a candidate willing to tell the truth.

“We are a different kind of nation,” he said.

“Part of why we rose so quickly is because we wouldn’t allow our values or principles to be supplanted because we were going to be politically correct," he added. " … Part of the problem today is that we’re so busy trying to be politically correct, that we lose all perspective.”

Sources: The Hill, BBC

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