Rep. Pete King, who has been critical of the Muslim community in this country for not denouncing terrorism, disagreed with Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson‘s view that a Muslim should not be president.
“This can not be misunderstood…”
“Ultimately, there will be consequences, and those views will be taken into account by voters, not only in the primary, but also the general election“, Earnest said.
In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Carson said the Islamic faith is not “consistent” with the US Constitution.
“I don’t care what religion or faith someone belongs to”, Carson said.
The Republican presidential contender’s declaration that Muslims are unfit, bar none, for the White House serves only to seal the case that Carson belongs nowhere near it.
Responding to these remarks, the ADL, which often concentrates on discrimination against Jews, urged presidential candidates to refrain from stereotyping Muslims during the 2016 presidential campaign. She moved to second after a strong performance at the debate. “But you know, I listen to the people everywhere I go”.
The row comes on the back of widespread condemnation of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s failure to correct a supporter who said President Barack Obama was a Muslim.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest US Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, condemned Carson over his controversial remarks.
“And then Ben Carson unilaterally disqualified every Muslim in America from becoming a president of the United States“, Reid continued.
Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat who was the first Muslim elected to Congress, used a statement to hit both Carson and Donald Trump for being “out of touch” with the people they want to lead. Article VI declares, “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States“.
Connie Terrell, executive director of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, said in a statement that Carson’s comments disrespect the Constitution because they “disparage an entire group of Americans based exclusively on their religion”.
“Without question, there are complex differences between the practice of the Muslim faith and our Constitution, differences that are very real and very much in conflict with one another”, spokesman Doug Watts said.