I have been reading the attacks by the left on Dr. Ben Carson for his remarks about not supporting a Muslim to be President of the United States. Liberals call him a racist, an Islamophobe, a hater, etc., and the Council for Islmic American Relations (CAIR) has called for Carson to withdraw from the Presidential race because of it.
But what did Carson say that was so bad? Carson was asked by Chuck Todd if he (Carson) believed a President's faith should matter. “Should your faith matter to voters?” Todd asked.
Carson's initial response was straightforward and true.
“I guess it depends on what that faith is,” Carson replied. “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.”
“If it is inconsistent with the values and principles of America then of course it should matter.”
What's wrong with that? Any person wanting to be President of the United States should have values and principles that are consistent with those of America and the Constitution. Of course, President Obama pushes that one to the limit since his values and principles are questionable to most patriots.
Carson went on to say he does not believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution. I believe the same thing.
Later, on another show, Carson explained in more detail why he feels that way.
“I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country,” Carson said. “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.”
Also true. In most Muslim countries, particularly those governed by Sharia law, the government and Sharia are one in the same. Sharia law is not consistent with our Constitution. It doesn't take much research to realize that. Among other things, Sharia allows for severe mistreatment of women and corporal and even capital punishment for those women who do not conform. It allows for capital punishment of gays and lesbians. It allows people to have limbs forcibly removed for certain crimes.
How is that consistent with our Constitution?
Dr. Carson was on the conservative talk show circuit last night defending what he said – because it was factual. The headlines this morning read “Carson Refusing To Back Down.”
That one is tame. Another reads “Carson Refuses To Walk Back Anti-Islam Stance.” And yet another says “Ben Carson Refuses to Back Down, Spouts Even Worse Anti-Muslim Bigotry.” That was because of his also true statement that Muslims practice “taqqiyah,” - lying to the infidels about their religion in order to deceive them.
If you read the response from CAIR the first thing you notice is that they didn't say Carson was wrong in what he said – only that he was wrong in saying it. That's significant. They cannot defend Sharia against the Constitution because what Carson said is absolutely correct. So they try to shoot the messenger, saying his beliefs are in violation of the Constitution when, in fact, they are right in line with his First Amendment rights.
CAIR would shut down free speech about Islam if they could. They refuse to allow criticism of Islam, true or not, and demand silence from anyone who will tell the truth about it.
I applaud Ben Carson for his honesty, particularly in this day and age when everyone demands
political correctness from everyone. Truth about Islam is not hateful nor bigoted – it's truth. And these days we need all the truth we can get.