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Should Ben Carson Be Penalized For His Anti-Muslim Statements?

Dr. Ben Carson has come under fire for his anti-Muslim sentiments. Should he be penalized for sharing his views?

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Should Ben Carson Be Penalized For His Anti-Muslim Statements?  

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last 24 hours | washingtonpost
Ben Carson's take on Islam wins support on the right - Washington Post

"...On Monday, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson was bailed out of the controversy over his views of Islam by an unexpected ally. Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called a news conference to "ask Mr. Ben Carson to withdraw from the presidential race."The mild disrespect of calling a medical doctor "mister" was apparently unintentional, but the sheer audacity of CAIR's ask lit a fire on the right. CAIR, which plays a role in Islamic controversies similar to the one the Anti-Defamation League plays in Jewish ones, is not viewed that way by elements of the conservative movement. To many, like Center for Security Policy founder Frank Gaffney, it's viewed as a veritable fifth column that may be "engaged in money-laundering foreign funds to pay for civilizational jihad here." The mainstream media's stenographic coverage of CAIR and Carson sent some leading conservative voices into Carson's camp...." see full article

1214 days ago | vox
Ben Carson's bizarre comments about Muslims and the Constitution, explained

"...In other words, the defense of Carson from Carson's own campaign is that while the candidate "absolutely" would not support a Muslim president, he does not think it is currently illegal for Americans of Muslim faith to run for president.But Carson's comment was more than a gaffe. It came after Donald Trump indulged a supporter who said, "We have a problem in this country, it's called Muslims." It comes amidst a sharply rising tide of Islamophobia in America. And it comes in context of a presidential campaign where Republican candidates are being rewarded for bigoted comments.Carson's statement is being treated in the press as a disaster for his campaign. But no one should be surprised if his poll numbers rise in its aftermath...." see full article

1214 days ago | washingtonpost
Ben Carsons anti-Muslim comments are at odds with traditional American principles

"...The truth is that Carson is immersed in a part of the conservative movement that rejects some fundamental American values. It's not a small part of that movement, and it's worth understanding.To be clear, I'm not talking about all conservatives or all Republicans. There is a significant split within the movement and the party, which one can see in the reaction to Carson's comments, just as we did in reaction to Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis' efforts to prevent gay people from being legally married in her county. In both cases, one group of people, including some presidential candidates, arrived at their position through their understanding of essential American principles, while the other group believes that Christians in particular should occupy a privileged place in law and society (granting that a few years ago they started citing Judeo-Christian values, making Jews sort of the equipment manager for the Christian spiritual varsity squad)...." see full article

1214 days ago | slate
Of Course Ben Carson Isnt Apologizing for Insulting Muslims

"...Carson isn't just scoring Republican primary points by showing resolve in the face of a hostile liberal media. He's scoring points on the merits, too. His campaign is even bragging about it.What's the simplest way to put this? The American public is broadly hostile to Islam, and the Republican base is especially hostile. Sure, we've had one GOP presidential candidate overtly defend the American Muslim community, but that was just Lindsey Graham and the Republican base is hostile to Lindsey Graham, too. No one else, even the candidates who won't go so far as to affirm Carson's stance, is going to be seen hugging the neighborhood imam anytime soon...." see full article

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1214 days ago | westernjournalism
Liberal Outrage Over Ben Carsons Muslim Comments Just Backfired In A BIG way
"...The controversy stirred by Ben Carson's response to a question whether he would support a Muslim for president has worked to his campaign's benefit, at least in two important ways.According to ABC News, both donations and the candidate's following on Facebook have increased significantly since he announced on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday that he would not support a person adhering to the Muslim faith to be President of the United States. Carson's campaign relayed that the candidate's Facebook page has picked up more than 100,000 new likes  in the 24 hours since the interview. ..." see full article

1214 days ago | slate
Ben Carson Is the Most Extreme Candidate in the Race

"...There's no question this is outrageous. But it pales next to the reactionary paranoia of much of his other rhetoric. I mean, [our society is] very much like Nazi Germany, he said last year, in a rant against political correctness. You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe. If political correctness is akin to German fascism, then it's no shock the doctor thinks the IRS is a bona fide secret police. You know, we live in a Gestapo age, people don't realize it, he said, in reference to the federal tax agency. He believes that President Obama might suspend elections in 2016, that Democrats want immigrants to increase the welfare population and keep themselves in power, and that as he explained in the first Republican presidential debate this year Hillary Clinton and the progressive movement are trying to destroy this country by driving up the national debt and stepping off the stage as a world leader. ..." see full article

1214 days ago | thenation
 Dr. Ben Carson Isnt Just Disrespecting MuslimsHes Disregarding the Constitution

"... To suggest that this absolute standard might not include Muslims is, by contemporary and historic measures, absurd. As Congressman Andre Carson, a Muslim member of the US House who represents Indiana, explainedMonday: Saying the United States should not elect a Muslim president is as absurd as saying we should not elect a neurosurgeon as president. Freedom of religion is a founding principle of our nation. And for any candidate to suggest that someone of any faith is unfit for public office, to me is simply asinine. This is not some new interpretation of the American experiment.This is the hard-wired reality of the United States...." see full article

1214 days ago | msnbc
The far-right roots of Ben Carsons case against Muslims

"...The logical extension, of course, is that the average Muslim citizen may be suspicious as well. Carson's campaign spokesman Doug Watts spoke about American Muslims in blanket terms on Sunday, telling NBC News that there is a huge gulf between the the faith and the practice of the Muslim faith, and our Constitution and American values. Carson's theory of taqiyya is a popular idea in anti-sharia political circles. But Devin Stewart, a Middle Eastern studies professor at Emory University who has researched the history of the taqiyya, told msnbc Carson's interpretation was contrary to its historic use in Shia Islam, which was similar to other religions. Many Jews, for example, converted to Catholicism during the Spanish Inquisition under threat of expulsion or violence, but secretly maintained Jewish traditions in their home. Stewart also likened taqiyya to mental reservation, a doctrine invoked by some Catholics at points to protect the church's adherents under Protestant rule as well as similar cases of Protestants hiding their religion to avoid Catholic persecution...." see full article

1214 days ago | theatlantic
Ben Carson Says No to a Muslim U.S. President

"... Muslim has replaced Mohametan as the preferred nomenclature, but the principle endures. Forbidding a Muslim president by law would be stupendously unconstitutional. Even if the First Amendment didn't protect freedom of religion, Article VI of the Constitution forbids all religious tests for any public office.Instead, Carson believes in a cultural norm against electing a Muslim president. Carson's opposition to a Muslim president seems to be prophylactic: There are no Muslim presidential candidates, nor are any high-profile American Muslims currently considering a bid for the nation's highest office. None of this nation's estimated 2.8 million Muslim citizens, he apparently believes, have the capacity to lead the United States...." see full article

1214 days ago | reason
Ben Carson Is Worried About Secret Muslims Running for President
"...Taqiya is indeed a thing (here's the Wikipedia entry), albeit a thing you are most likely to read about at anti-Islamic sites like American Thinkerand FrontPage Magazine. But like the heartland revolt against a would-be Sharia takeover, what's striking about the Taqiya paranoia is how little faith it exhibits in the Constitution, U.S. law, and the myriad of public and private institutions that have successfully kept all minority-religion coups at bay in the Land of the Free.To put it another way, close your eyes and picture A) a Muslim candidate for president, who B) satisfies Carson's requirement of rejecting Sharia, although C) he's lying about it, D) never gets caught despite all the scrutiny placed upon him, then E) manages to win the major-party nomination and F) the White House, after which he G) unleashes Sharia, or at least Sharia-lite, on the unsuspecting country. All despite a Constitution, a set of laws, and a culture that are about as anti-Sharia as you can get. This dark fantasy doesn't pass even a preliminary WTF test...." see full article

1214 days ago | dailycaller
Make No Mistake, Ben Carsons Comments About A Muslim President Were Intolerant, And Wrong
"...Replace Muslim with Catholic, or Jew, or woman and ask if you feel any differently about the above statement. Because historically speaking, each of these demographics have had to suffer through this exact form of public discrimination, and in each case the intolerant voice ended up on the wrong side of history. Thus, hopefully you understand why it is unacceptable for GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson to promote such narrow-mindedness against American Muslims.Dr. Carson provided the above response when he was asked whether Islam is consistent with the United States Constitution. Let's pause. Dr. Carson is not a Muslim, let alone an Islamic theologian. Likewise, Dr. Carson is not a lawyer, let alone a Constitutional scholar. With two strikes against him, the safe bet would've been to recite the First Amendment protection of religious freedom, and likewise America's strong commitment to a separation of religion and state. One need not be an Islamic scholar or a Constitutional scholar to provide this basic answer...." see full article

1214 days ago | vice
Ben Carson Reminds Us That America Loves to Hate Muslims - VICE
"...We tell ourselves that America is a deeply moral nation, a nation on a hill. But in reality, we're global hypocrites who fail to live up to the image we hold out for ourselves. That's why, as a country, we can shame people who say racist, sexist, or homophobic things; and yet continue to cheer on Islamophobes.Take Ben Carson's recent statements on Sunday's episode of Meet the Press. The serious presidential candidate serious because of his polling, not because of his policies told NBC host Chuck Todd that a Muslim was not fit to be President of the United States. How this is not a statement that disqualifies him from presidential legitimacy in our supposed tolerant nation is beyond me. In fact, Carson's campaign has argued that these crazy comments have actually helped him in his quest for the presidency. According to his campaign, in the 24 hours following his appearance on Meet the Press, he's experienced an uptick in fundraising and more than 100,000 new Facebook followers...." see full article

1214 days ago | washingtonpost
Ben Carson, a Muslim president, and when discrimination is downright American - Washington Post

"...But, quite frankly, Carson's claims this weekend move well beyond the realm of irony, because Carson is also black. Here's why.Anyone who has managed a fourth-grade American history education is likely well aware that black Americans hold hard-won political rights. Save a brief period after the Civil War, black political participation and fitness for office has been a point of national contention and sometimes deadly struggle.Carson, a man born three years before the Supreme Court's groundbreaking and still-unrealized decision in Brown vs. Board of Education, is an American who at least has some personal memory of a legally segregated America and the effective conditions it spawned all over the country. And in the book about Carson's life that would become a movie, "Gifted Hands," Carson's story of poverty and struggle is one that is not just about poverty, but black poverty and all that it entailed in mid-20th century America...." see full article

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