Target: Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson
Goal: Retract assertion that Muslims should be barred from the presidency of the United States.
A Muslim should never be elected President of the United States because their values are inconsistent with those of “America,” according to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson. The United States affords every citizen freedom of religion, and that includes whoever happens to hold the presidency. Demand that Carson retract his ridiculous statement and issue an apology.
The GOP 2016 presidential roster has been an unsavory bastion of bigotry, hate, and hypocrisy ever since more than a dozen Republican politicians announced their campaigns. Recently the candidates have set their sights on American Muslims, and the results have been just as disgusting as one would expect. In a recent television appearance, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson took his attitudes on faith and politics to a whole other—and entirely unconstitutional—level.
Asked whether or not he believed a President’s particular religion mattered, Carson replied, “I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter.” The interviewer followed up by asking whether or not he considered Islam to be consistent with those principles, to which Carson responded emphatically “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.”
Comments like these are alarming coming from anyone, but especially so coming from Carson—he is a popular frontrunner in the polls and could very possibly end up being the chosen Republican nominee. An unapologetic xenophobe should not be allowed to hold the highest office in the land. Sign the petition below to demand that Carson retract his unconstitutional comments and release an apology as soon as possible.
Dear Doctor Carson,
I am writing you today regarding comments you recently made about Islam and Muslims in America. They were unconstitutional and you need to rectify them at once.
I am referring to, of course, your remarks saying that Muslims should not be allowed to be President of the United States because their religion is “inconsistent with the values and principles of America.” It’s ironic that you should make such an accusation while stepping all over the Constitution and Bill of Rights yourself.
Americans are guaranteed the right to freedom of religion—it’s right there in the First Amendment, and inarguable. What’s more is that, in Article VI of the Constitution, there is very explicit language barring the country from instituting any kind of religious qualifications that people must meet in order to hold public office: “no religious Test shall ever required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Your assertion that a Muslim should not be President comes up against these laws and, beyond that, is xenophobic and bigoted. I’m sure you hold the founding documents of our nation in high regard, so you need to start acting like it. I demand that you retract your hateful statements against Muslims immediately and issue an apology without delay.
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