Debunking the ridiculous idea that Ben Carson was misquoted on Islam

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American Muslims fear a new wave of Islamophobia.

“It seems to be hard for people actually to hear English and understand it,” Carson told reporters Tuesday ahead of a rally in suburban Cincinnati — his first public appearance since his controversial interview aired Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press.Ben Carson is amending his objections to a Muslim president, saying he wouldn’t object to members of that faith holding the nation’s highest office so long as they reject the idea of a “theocracy” and the way that some Muslim countries treat women and minorities. “If someone has a Muslim background and they’re willing to reject those tenets and to accept the way of life that we have and clearly will swear to place our Constitution above their religion, then, of course.SHARONVILLE, Ohio — GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson dismissed the idea that he is prejudiced against Muslims, insisting Tuesday during a news conference here that his statement Sunday that he would not support a Muslim for president was taken out of context. “I don’t care what a person’s religious beliefs are or what their religious heritage is. They will be considered infidels and heretics, but at least I would then be quite willing to support them,” Carson told Fox News talk-show host Sean Hannity.

Ben Carson (L) and businessman Donald Trump at the second official Republican presidential candidates debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, September 16, 2015. The country’s leading Muslim-American civil rights group has called on him to drop out of the race. “That would be like saying that if a Catholic wants to run for president he needs to renounce canon law or the Vatican, or like saying if a Jew wants to run for president he needs to renounce Jewish law,” said Karen Dabdoub, executive director of the Cincinnati chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations. “He’s very misinformed as to what Islamic religion teaches and what Sharia law is all about. The retired neurosurgeon said his initial comments — which came during an interview that aired Monday on NBC’s “Meet the press” — were not about Muslims broadly but about radical Islam and religious radicals of other faiths. “It’s on the record on NBC. Trump says he has a lot of respect for retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP rival Ben Carson, who has said he wouldn’t advocate electing a Muslim to the White House. “I think that basically, if somebody can elected, you know they’re going to be vetted,” Mr.

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) Muslim Americans responded with a mix of frustration, exasperation and anger to what many see as a growing wave of Islamophobia fueled by two of the Republican Party’s most popular presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Ben Carson. He’s basing his comments off of ignorance, so the resulting comments are also ignorant.” Dabdoub said she thinks Carson’s comments also violate the Constitution’s prohibition against a “religious test” for someone running for office. I absolutely would not agree with that.” GOP opponents Chris Christie and Lindsey Graham, other Republicans, and a host of Democrats criticized Carson, saying the Constitution prohibits and kind of religious test for candidates. “This shows that Dr.

At the Islamic Institute of Orange County, which houses a mosque and a school in Anaheim, in southern California, tensions were already mounting since a group of white men screamed at mothers and children arriving at the center on this year’s anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, calling them cowards who did not belong in America. Carson himself, who belongs to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, has religious beliefs that don’t line up with the Constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Court. Carson is not ready to be commander-in-chief,” Graham said. “What would he say to the approximately 3,500 American Muslims who have been to Iraq and Afghanistan fighting for our freedom, risking their lives?”

Still, he said he’d uphold Supreme Court rulings he disagrees with legalizing same-sex marriage and abortion nationwide, while seeking to overturn the rulings. “There’s no way we should try to give away our American principles to try to be politically correct,” Carson said, to roars. Trump continued. “I do think that Ben would also agree, though, if properly vetted, the proper people properly vetted, going through an election — I think that anybody that is able to win an election will be absolutely fine,” he said. On Monday, he began to revise his weekend remarks, telling Fox News he would be prepared to accept a moderate Muslim candidate who denounced radical Islam.

Half a dozen pastors, including Cincinnati Councilman Charlie Winburn, led prayers, sang a Christian worship song written in Carson’s honor, and said they’d try to “take ‘God Bless America’ to church.” Carson talked about building a “double fence” near the Mexico border. The remarks by Carson, who is near the top of opinion polls for the crowded field of Republican candidates for the 2016 election, followed billionaire Trump’s failure to challenge comments made on Friday by a supporter who labeled U.S. He vowed to support school choice, saying: “People who have done the best have the been the home schoolers, the private schoolers.” His answer to a question about the Common Core came was one word: “Out.” Before the event, as Carson’s supporters lined up outside the Sharonville Convention Center, many said the retired neurosurgeon’s stance on a potential Muslim president made them like him more. Carson did say on Fox News Monday he’d be open to a “moderate Muslim” who rejected things like Sharia law running for president. “Well, they’d have to go through the long, hard process.

Delhi Township resident Dan Wilcox said the comments came “about six years too late,” in a reference to what Wilcox views as President Obama’s Muslim heritage. As a candidate, the soft-spoken retired neurosurgeon provides a striking contrast to the flamboyant front-runner, even as they both run on similar anti-Washington rationales. It’s a long, tough road, Greta, I can tell you,” he said. “And it really is very revealing and I would have no problem with it, no.” “I know some people, some Muslims who are friends of mine who are great people, fantastic people, and they are concerned with radical Islam, very, very concerned with radical Islam,” he said. “As much as you are, as much as I am. Trump later clarified his silence, saying he was not obligated to correct an audience member and that “the bigger issue is that Obama is waging a war against Christians in this country.

But you do have a problem with the radical Muslims, and the whole thing that’s going on around the world.” “A lot of people don’t want to hear about it — they think it’s not politically correct to say whatever you want to say about it, but the problem exists and we have to talk about it,” he said. His message speaks to my values and my faith,” said Jeremy Long, of Milford, Ohio, one of about 500 supporters who attended Carson’s rally in Sharonville. Their religious liberties are at stake.” Some Muslims say they fear that the remarks could strengthen the appeal of Carson and Trump, who have cast themselves as non-politicians in a race in which blunt comments laced with misogyny and xenophobia have done little to derail the popularity of Trump, who is leading in opinion polls of likely Republican voters. Long added that he believes Carson’s calls for “revival” and “healing” are resonating with many voters. “This is my first political event I’ve ever been. The comments also come after a 14-year-old Muslim boy from Texas was taken away in handcuffs last week for bringing to his Dallas-area school a homemade clock that staff mistook for a bomb.

His 18-year-old son, Radwan – a college volleyball player in jeans and T-shirt – said he reads hate-filled anti-Muslim screeds online all the time. Kennedy stressed the separation of church and state while campaigning to become the country’s first Roman Catholic president. “It discourages young Muslims from standing up for their rights or for being proud about their faith,” said the student n Lubbock, Texas. “Everyone’s just trying to say things to get as many votes. In Dearborn, a Detroit suburb home to the country’s largest Muslim population, Marshal Shameri said Trump should have done more to dispel misconceptions of Islam. Anti-Muslim tensions have been on display in another Detroit suburb, Sterling Heights, where city officials this month denied an Islamic group’s request to develop a mosque in a residential neighborhood. In Kentucky, tensions flared last week when vandals defaced a mosque by spray-painting in bright red the words “Moslems – Leave the Jews Alone,” “This is for France” and “Nazis Speak Arabic”.

Waheed Ahmad, president of the Louisville Islamic Center, played down the vandalism, blaming it on “a bunch of little rascals” who “got drunk or something”.

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