Although Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was asked to withdraw from the presidential race after his comments on Islam, the former neurosurgeon, who isn’t backing down, continues to receive a lot of support from conservatives.
The Washington Post reports that it wasn’t just the request by Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, for Carson to withdraw that prompted numerous people from the right side to defend Carson, but the fact that Awad called the doctor “mister” created quite a stir. However, regardless of the criticism he’s receiving, Carson stands by his statement that he doesn’t support anyone who wants to reject the Constitution in favor of Islam.
“I could never support a candidate for President of the United States that was Muslim and had not renounced the central tenant of Islam: Sharia Law. I know that there are many peaceful Muslims who do not adhere to these beliefs. But until these tenants are fully renounced…I cannot advocate any Muslim candidate for President.”
Carson added that he doesn’t have any problems with Islam, and that he respects everyone’s freedom of religious choice. Yet, he feels that anyone running for President should adhere to the Constitution.
“I don’t care what religion or faith someone belongs to. If they’re willing to subjugate that to the American way and to our Constitution, then I have no problem with that.”
Rush Limbaugh wholeheartedly supports Carson’s views on the matter. Limbaugh, a conservative political commentator, recently stated that he in no way supports sharia law, as it goes against the Constitution.
“If you look into sharia law, you will not find any consistency with the U.S. Constitution. Sharia law is the law which is used to behead women in Islamic countries who have been raped. Sharia law is the reason women in Islamic countries can’t drive. Sharia law is so inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution. Ben Carson could not be more right. And the question he was asked was in that context. ‘Well, do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?’ Well, sharia law isn’t.”
Other supporters include Lebanese immigrant Brigitte Gabriel, who feels radical Muslims are already invading the government, and FOX talk show host Bill O’Reilly, who stated during his Monday night show that Carson has every right to give his opinion.
“It is downright sad watching the left-leaning media beat up all the Republican candidates because they don’t embrace the liberal PC litmus test. Dr. Carson believing that Islamic tenets don’t line up with Judeo-Christian philosophy on which the country was founded? And he is not allowed to say that? It’s his opinion. Well, here’s a bulletin: Unlike many Muslim countries, we have free speech in America. And Carson’s opinion shouldn’t disqualify him from anything but individual votes if that be the case. All of this PC fog has shrouded important issues.”
According to the latest CNN poll, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is still the frontrunner in the competition. Ben Carson has slipped into 3rd after Carly Fiorina took 2nd place, shortly after last week’s GOP debate.
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