Media uproar over Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s statement that a Muslim should not be president shows the hypocrisy of liberals, radio commentator Rush Limbaugh said this week.
“There’s nothing intolerant about what Ben Carson said,” Limbaugh said.
“It’s rooted in Sharia law. Sharia law runs counter to the US Constitution.” he explained, noting that Sharia law justifies beheading rape victims and forbidding women from driving. “Ben Carson could not be more right. And the question he was asked was in that context. ‘Well, do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?’ Well, Sharia law isn’t.”
Limbaugh saved his biggest dose of scorn for liberals who have defended the concept of a Muslim president–but not an evangelical Christian one.
“How many times do you remember various leftists saying we ought not ever have a Christian as president? Specifically an evangelical Christian. … Remember Pat Robertson ran for the presidency once? All the people running, ‘We can’t have that in the White House, what if he imposes his religious views on the country?’ Which meant anti-abortion,” Limbaugh said.
“There have been countless Republican presidential candidates who have been open and honest about their evangelical Christianity, and the media, various Democrats, commentators, pundits, have written gazillions of words warning everybody about the calamity that could happen to this country if we were to ever elect an evangelical Christian,” Limbaugh said. He noted that after Carson’s comments, “all hell is breaking loose, by the same people who say, no, no, no, way to an evangelical Christian, even though we’re a Christian nation, as founded.”
“The furor over this, it’s totally manufactured and made up,” Limbaugh said. “And the furor is not about this specifically, but it’s about giving the media another chance, or better stated, the media taking another opportunity to point out in their minds that Republicans are bigots.”
Limbaugh noted the difference between support for Islam and Christianity.
“We have a nation filled with apologists for Islam, as you know,” he said. “9/11 happens, militant Islam kills 3,000 Americans, and all of a sudden there’s a giant Islamic apologist group in this country that grows and grows and grows.”