The U.S. Constitution Must Be Different From Ben Carson’s
On NBC’s Meet The Press, GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson was asked whether a president’s faith should matter.
“If it’s inconsistent with the values of America, then of course it should matter,” he said. “But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the Constitution, no problem.”
In the same interview, he was asked: “So do you believe that Islam is consistent with the constitution?”
“No,” he said, “I don’t, I do not.”
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said. “I absolutely would not agree with that.” Carson is not alone. In a recent poll, 38% of voters said they would not vote for a Muslim president.
The U.S. Constitution
The first amendment of the Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the US Constitution states: “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”
Article VI of the US Constitution states: “No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Carson’s Constitution Must Be Different
Carson will publish a new book entitled A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties.
Carson has been quoted as saying: “I believe that making a difference starts with understanding our amazing founding document, the US Constitution.”
He has also said “And as someone who has performed brain surgery thousands of times, I can assure you that the Constitution isn’t brain surgery.”
Carson says he and his wife wrote the book to “help defend” the constitution “from those who misinterpret and undermine it”. I wonder which Constitution because it’s certainly not the U.S. Constitution. Ben Carson was one of my heroes and role models growing up. Political differences aside, it’s a sad state of affairs that such a bright and accomplished man is being made to look like such a buffoon.