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Following a solid debate performance in CNN's coverage of the Republican Presidential Debate, Ben Carson was enjoying moderate gains in his support and more publicity for his platform. Then Carson appeared on Chuck Todd's show, "Meet the Press," and said some things that have riled up Islamic rights activists across the world.

Todd asked Carson if he believed that the religious faith of a president mattered. "Should your faith matter to voters?" questioned Todd.

Carson's answer, on the outset, appeared quite presidential and non-confrontational. "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."

Todd then asked a follow-up question about whether or not Islam is "consistent with the Constitution," and that's where Carson's unabashed disliking of "political correctness" angered Islamic human rights group CAIR.

Does Carson think Islam is consistent with the Constitution? His answer: "No. I do not. I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that."

Critics, including most vocally CAIR, are calling Carson's remarks uneducated, citing the clause in the Constitution that prohibits any "religious test" to determine a public office in the United States.

Some people are referring Dr. Carson's remarks about having a Muslim in the White House as a tragic mistake in his 2016 candidacy, something akin to Romney's "47-percent" remarks.

However, CAIR and other Islam support groups seem to be forgetting that, of all the attacks on the United States and its men and women in the last decade and a half, Islam has been the common denominator. While there are millions of peaceful followers of Islam around the world, there is also a high concentration of radical, militant terrorists who profess to follow Islam.

I believe it was Muslims like these, radicalized, militant, angry, Muslims, that Carson was referring to. Whether that encompasses all of Islam is a harder question to answer, but, thankfully, one that just doesn't matter at all.

h/t: Freedom Outpost

 

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