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Carson Defends Anti-Muslim Remarks, Says ‘I Stand By The Comments’

Posted: Sep 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson continued to explain controversial comments he made about Muslims by making more inflammatory comments about Muslims.

Carson received a barrage of backlash after telling “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.”

He clarified on Monday, saying that he would support a Muslim president, if he or she denounced their religion.

“If someone has a Muslim background and they’re willing to reject those tenets and accept the way of life that we have and clearly will swear to place our Constitution above their religion, then of course they’ll be considered infidels and heretic, but at least then I’d be quite willing to support them,” he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

It is worth noting that no Christian president has ever been asked to denounce their faith.

Several Republican presidential candidates who are Christian, including Carson, oppose same-sex marriage on religious freedom grounds despite the Supreme Court declaring that the Constitution protects that right.

“I stand by the comments,” Carson said. “What we have to recognise is that this is America, and we have a Constitution and we don’t put people at the leadership of our country whose faith will interfere with the carrying out the duties of the Constitution.

“If you believe in a theocracy, I don’t care if you’re a Christian. If you’re a Christian and you’re running for President and you want to make us into a theocracy, I’m not going to support you.”


(Huffington Post)