Crazy Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and Hateful Anti-Muslim Rhetoric


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By now you’ve heard about the questioner of Donald Trump in New Hampshire late last week, who called Muslims the “problem” in America, and asked when we can get rid of them. Trump of course seemed to be in agreement with the questioner, who also called President Obama a Muslim and foreigner. It ignited a real firestorm, and had some people actually seeming surprised by the angry tenor of the event (another questioner later praised the first guy).

I’m not shocked at all by it though. Trump’s political rise began with accusing the President of not being born in America, and has more recently been based on attacks on women, calling Mexicans “drug dealers and rapists,” and making fun of Asian people. He’s been endorsed by various Ku Klux Klan leaders for a reason. I have no idea if Donald Trump is a racist or not, I suspect not though. He’s an entertainer, and he knows his audiences. Trump is tapping into deep xenophobic tendencies in the Republican base, a gut-reaction to attack “other” groups of people. That he would permit such nasty rhetoric about Muslims and the President is not shocking. It’s still noteworthy though, because there are people at a Presidential candidate’s rally calling for us to round up and deport a group of people, not even just for their legal status anymore, but in this case for being a member of a religion. It should be very concerning to us all.

Don’t think it’s limited to just Trump though. To be clear, other Republicans are saying even more vile anti-Muslim things. Take the lunatic known as Dr. Ben Carson:

At the end of his “Meet the Press” segment with NBC News’ Chuck Todd, Carson responded to a series of questions related to Donald Trump’s failure to correct an audience member at a New Hampshire town hall last Thursday who suggested in his question that President Barack Obama is a Muslim and not an American.

Asked whether his faith or the faith of a president should matter, Carson said, “It depends on what that faith is.”

“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,” he explained, according to a transcript.

Todd then asked Carson, whose rise in the polls has been powered in large part by Christian conservatives, if he believed that “Islam is consistent with the Constitution.”

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

If the Trump rally was offensive to the senses, this is a whole other level of crazy. Ben Carson is advocating for something this nation threw out the door with the election of John F. Kennedy, the idea of a “religious test” in picking our President. This is dangerous and stupid, and violates a central point to our Constitution- we shall not establish a state religion. To suggest that you would not support any Muslim being President is disgusting and sick. There are roughly three million American Muslims, many of them children growing up in our nation, as Americans. Ben Carson would treat them as unworthy, some sort of enemy of our state. That is truly disgusting.

I was glad to see Bernie Sanders slam Carson‘s irresponsible pandering to an ignorant base. More of our leaders should do that. There are millions of Muslims in this nation, and almost all of them are good and decent people, much like most Christians, Jews, Hindus, and other religious and non-religious people. The scapegoating and vile hate being thrown towards them is UnAmerican in it’s very nature, and should be called out, scorned, and shamed. We do not treat people like this. We do not attack groups of people for their religion. That has been done in other places throughout history, and the results are never good. It’s sad to see a political party in our nation be brought to this.

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