And I agree with Dr. Ben Carson (sort of)

Dr. Carson said:

That’s a significant shift from Sunday when, during an appearance on “Meet the Press,” NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Carson, “Do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?”

“No, I do not,” Carson responded. “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”

He later clarified:

“I don’t care what a person’s religion beliefs are or religious heritage is,” he said at a news conference in Sharonville, Ohio. “If they embrace our Constitution and are willing to place that above their religious beliefs, I have no problem with that.”

Now it is true that our Constitution says that there can be no religious test for office. But voters are free to use any criteria that they want. So, if a candidate:

1. Believed in “end times” and governed that way or
2. Believed that supernatural forces governed our universe and that appealing to these via prayer, magic, etc. could affect the outcome of events or
3. Believed that “religious crimes” should be punished by the state or that a religious group would have state backing

then I would oppose that candidate, be they a Muslim, Mormon, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Sikh, Satanist, Neo-Pagan, etc.

On the other hand, if a candidate from one of these faiths have a platform that I liked, had the political skill to carry out at least part of the platform and showed good moral character, and understood that our government is secular, I’d vote for that candidate.


September 24, 2015 - Posted by | politics, politics/social |

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