Ben Carson argued that Islam is not consistent with the Constitution, saying, “I would not advocate that we would put a Muslim in charge of this nation.”
Carson, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, was asked if a president’s faith should matter, saying he guesses “it depends on what that faith is. If it is inconsistent with the values and principles of America then of course it should matter.”
Chuck Todd: Should a president’s faith matter? Should your faith matter to voters?
Ben Carson: Well I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it is 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 then no problem.
Todd: So do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?
Carson: No I do not, I do not. I would not advocate that we would put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.
Todd: And would you ever consider voting for a Muslim for Congress?
Carson: Congress is a different story. But it depends on who that Muslim is and policies are. Just as it depends on what anybody else is. You know, if there is somebody who is of any faith, but they say things, and their life that has been consistent with things that will elevate this nation and make it possible for everybody to succeed and bring peace and harmony, then I am with them.