Jake Tapper Pushes Ben Carson Too Far On Muslim Comments


Ben Carson: “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper attempted to trap Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson into admitting that he was engaging in unfair discrimination against Muslims because of his views. Ben Carson said:

I would have problems with somebody who embraced all the doctrines associated with Islam. If they are not willing to reject Sharia and all the portions of it that are talked about in the Quran — if they are not willing to reject that, and subject that to American values and the Constitution, then of course, I would.

Tapper continued to press Dr. Carson:

Jake Tapper: “Because you seem to be singling out Muslims as individuals who automatically, as a knee-jerk, would put their religion ahead of the country and I think that offended a lot of people, including a lot of patriotic Muslims.”

Ben Carson: “I think the statement stands. Is it possible that maybe the media thinks that it’s the bigger deal than the American people do? Because American people, the majority of them, agree with, and they understand exactly what I’m saying.”

Dr. Carson explained that a person who embraces Sharia law would necessarily want to establish a “theocracy” in the United States.

And you cannot, unless you specifically deny that portion of Islam, be a Muslim in good standing. Now if that is the case, if you are not willing to reject that, then how in the world can you possibly be the President of the United States.

Tapper accused Carson of assuming that Muslim Americans put their beliefs ahead of the country.

Jake Tapper: “You’re an African-American. You know what it’s like for people to make false assumptions about you. And you seem to be doing the same thing with Muslims.” 

Ben Carson: “In which way am I making a false assumption about them?”

Jake Tapper: “You’re assuming that Muslim-Americans put their religion ahead of the country.”

Ben Carson: “I’m assuming that if you accept all the tenets of Islam, that you would have a very difficult time abiding under the Constitution of the United States.”

Armstrong Williams (off-camera): “This interview is over.”

Jake Tapper: “OK.”

Armstrong Williams: “Thank you.”

Jake Tapper: “Thank you, Dr. Carson. I appreciate it.”

Ben Carson: “All right.”

WATCH: It Takes Less Than 5 Minutes For Him To Explain Why Radical Islam Is The ‘World’s Most Dangerous Ideology’

Author Raymond Ibrahim claims that Islamism is the “world’s most dangerous ideology,” according to a new video for Prager University.

Ibrahim begins the video by detailing the historically most dangerous ideologies in his view, which includes Fascism (Mussolini’s Italy, Nazi Germany, and Imperial Japan) and Communism (including the USSR, Mao’s China, and more).

He states that Fascism was the most dangerous in the first half of the 20th century, and Communism was the most dangerous in the second half of the twentieth century.

According to Ibrahim, today’s “most dangerous ideology” is Islamism or radical Islam. He says: “Like fascism and communism, Islamism is totalitarian in nature. The state controls everything… Islamism is inherently expansionist.”

Ibrahim states what Islamism opposes- free speech, free enterprise, freedom to practice (or not to practice) any religion, freedom of assembly, free press, and fundamental human and civil rights.

He then describes how, rather than separating religion from the state, as Western governments do, Islamists believe that Islam should be unified with the state, and the state should be under Shariah law.

He then details what Islamists believe about Shariah law, including things such as “anyone born Muslim must remain Muslim and face execution if they convert” and that “adulterers must be stoned to death.” He also states that Islamists condone polygamy and child marriage.

Ibrahim argues that what Islamists want is nothing short of world domination, and they are “prepared to kill” those who disagree with their worldview.

Is Ibrahim right about Islamism? Is it the world’s “most dangerous ideology?”

Ben Carson Didn’t Cave, But Confusion Remains

Has political correctness become a serious threat in the land of the free?

I am going out on a limb to say that most informed Americans agree with Dr. Ben Carson and oppose the idea of a practicing Muslim running for president of the United States. When the media backlash began, I’m glad he doubled down.

There are, however, several angles to this debate; on one side, there are already Muslims working for our government, while on the other side, the sociopolitical and economic system of Islam is directly opposed to the Constitution.

As we dig a bit deeper, many of us would simply ask for honesty as well as an acknowledgement of key facts. Consider Dr. Ben Carson’s recent comments and his explanation of them in context.

Ben Carson simply said whoever is elected president of the United States should be “sworn in on a stack of Bibles, not a Koran.” He also stated:

I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that… I do not believe Sharia law is consistent with the Constitution of this country.

The nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group went so far as to demand Ben Carson drop out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said lawmakers from across the political spectrum should repudiate Carson’s comments.

To provide balance, Carson said he would also oppose a Christian for president who wanted to establish a theocracy, knowing this would be impossible in a secular-progressive country run by a godless government.

Sadly, it is also important to address his faulty assumption that President Obama is a Christian. We just cannot take people at their word when it comes to their professed faith, especially when their actions don’t line up.

Carson explained further on Monday why he would not advocate electing a Muslim to the White House or to the U.S. Congress who did not renounce Sharia law. This is a key point: Islamic law calls for homosexual men and women – as well as people from other religions – to be put to death. Women must also be subservient and are treated as property.

Yes, decent, law-abiding, non-practicing Muslims (those who do not abide by the Quran and Sharia law) can and have become American citizens. Similar to other immigrants, they are welcome in American society. The fact, however, is that a majority of terrorists worldwide are Muslim. A conundrum for a free country with open borders, no?

Every single person in any false religion, system, or sect who does not know the truth about Jesus Christ must hear the gospel (Romans 10:8-10) and have an opportunity to choose life.

“Know this, I meant exactly what I said,” Carson wrote on his Facebook page.

I could never support a candidate for President of the United States that was Muslim and had not renounced the central tenant of Islam: Sharia Law.

What did he mean by this? If a person’s political ideology or religion would prevent him or her from carrying out the duties under the Constitution, they should not be in office. Some may argue President Obama has not obeyed all our laws, and has even signed unlawful executive orders.

This is a pivotal time in our country our Founders labored to prevent in which power is being abused by the executive and judicial branches of government. This is why Ben Carson’s comments are relevant and the subject should be debated honestly.

Carson brought up another important point on several occasions, mentioning “Taqiyya,” a practice in the Shia Islam denomination in which a Muslim can and should mislead (lie to) nonbelievers about the nature of their faith to avoid religious persecution. The goal is conquest at any cost; Islam actually means “submission.”

Quran 8:39 states:

And fight them until there is no fitnah [tumult, disorder, trial, test, unbelief] and until the religion, all of it, is for Allah. And if they cease – then indeed, Allah is Seeing of what they do.

Islam is completely incompatible with the Bible and a society such as America that values religious freedom. Islam will accept no other religions, no competing economic or political views and no legal system except Sharia Law, which would outlaw Christianity!

Teachings in the Quran and Hadith should also raise some red flags. In the Muslim world, beating wives and daughters is acceptable and quite routine. Pakistani men are notorious for abusing their wives – including sexually. The legal age for marriage in Iran is nine years old! (In one Afghan refugee camp, virtually all the girls over second grade were married.)

Women who are raped in Muslim countries often end up being punished while the rapist gets off free, and many young Muslim girls have their genitals cut — without anesthesia — in order to destroy their sexuality and make them ‘pure.’ This information is readily available for those willing to research with an open mind.

Talk about a real war on women! If Democrats, feminists, and liberals in the west have any objections to this, why are they virtually silent?

Where doctrine is concerned, Islam rejects the deity of Jesus Christ, the resurrection, the virgin birth, the Holy Spirit, and the fact that Jesus is the Son of the only living God.

Pastor John MacArthur summed it up well when he stated:

Islam today is the most powerful system on earth for the destruction of biblical truth and Christianity – thousands of Christians are dying under Islamic persecution, especially in the Middle East, Africa, Indonesia, and other parts of Asia. Clearly, Islam and Christianity are mutually exclusive. Both claim to be the only true way to God, but both cannot be right. There is no atonement in Islam, no forgiveness, no savior, and no assurance of eternal life.

Sharia law rejects every unalienable right in the First Amendment and would destroy our freedoms if implemented. It is ignorant or irresponsible to say it could never happen in America. Too many citizens are willing to believe media spin, give their opinion or even go to the polls and cast their vote without knowing the whole truth.

Though Ben Carson did not bow to political correctness, there is plenty of moral and spiritual confusion to go around, particularly in a culture becoming more open to moral relativism and hostile toward Jesus Christ.

David Fiorazo is the author of The Cost of Our Silence

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

Ben Carson Infuriated Liberals With Muslim And Sharia Law Comments

Video Transcript:

Ben Carson has done well at infuriating liberals after saying he wouldn’t support a Muslim for president.

On Wednesday, Carson said he wasn’t surprised by the overreaction.

I have come to be familiarized with the [political correctness] culture, and I’m willing to fight it. Somebody has to stand for who we are.

From both sides of the aisle, critics have pointed to the Constitution, which prohibits a religious test for entry into office.

Josh Earnest: The views articulated by Dr. Carson are entirely inconsistent with the Constitution that does actually guarantee the freedom of religion in this country…there will be consequences.

Lindsey Graham: I think this shows that Dr. Carson is not ready to be commander in chief.

Carly Fiorina: You know, it says in our Constitution that religion cannot be a test for office.

Ted Cruz: You know, the Constitution specifies, that there shall be no religious test for public office.

But Carson never said they couldn’t run. He just wouldn’t support them, or their Islamic ideology that is counter to the American way. If the media tried to ensnare Carson, it failed. His comments have only boosted his donations.

The money’s been coming in so fast, it’s hard to even keep up with it.

It’s hard to argue with Carson’s logic. If any Muslim holds to Sharia law, they hold to beliefs that are contrary to the U.S. Constitution.

Rush Limbaugh: Sharia law is so inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution, Ben Carson could not be more right. Sharia law is the law which is used to behead women in Islamic countries who have been raped. Sharia law is the reason women in Islamic countries can’t drive.

Carson seems focused on cutting through today’s politically correct culture. And isn’t fearing a media backlash.

Do I not have a right to support what I want to support? I want to support what made this nation great and what made us unique. If it costs me politically, it does.

Do you agree with Ben Carson? Would you support a Muslim president? Share and comment below.

Author Weighs In On Muslim Obama Controversy In A Way That Everyone Should See

President Barack Hussein Obama could be a Muslim, according to one author who wrote a book on the president’s early life and his evolving thought on politics and America.

Betty Sue Prollock, author of The Abominations of the Obama-Nation, said in an exclusive interview that she can’t really know for sure where the president’s faith lies. However, there is evidence to suggest that those who think Obama is secretly a Muslim aren’t as crazy as the mainstream media portrays them.

“You have to understand that, without being able to see his mind and his heart, it’s all speculation,” Prollock said.

Obama’s faith has been fodder in recent days after a man posed a question to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a New Hampshire rally. The question was prefaced with comments that Obama was a Muslim. Then, another GOP front-runner, Dr. Ben Carson, said in an interview that he would not advocate for a Muslim to be president unless that person disavows Sharia Law.

Another Republican presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, stated this week that Obama has supported many actions that prohibit religious liberty and are contrary to the Christian faith, even though the president claims to be a Christian.

“I’m less concerned about what faith the person has. I’m more concerned about the authenticity of their faith and how that plays out in their politics … I’m also concerned about a guy that believes he’s a Christian and pretends to be and then says he is, but then does things that makes it very difficult for people to practice their Christian faith,” Huckabee said in a televised interview.

Prollock said a key point is that Muslims think the president is, in fact, of the Islamic faith. His father was Muslim and, under Islamic customs, that makes the president a Muslim.

“Islam is possessive. They believe once a Muslim, always a Muslim. Because of their disbelief in free will, they believe you can’t change your mind and be something else,” Prollock said.

Islamic tenets allow, and even encourage, lying to non-Muslims, she said. Lying is particularly encouraged to expand Islam. Prollock said Muslims can then assume, without judgment, that Obama is lying to the nation when he states he is a Christian in order to advance Islam.

“They see deceit as an art form. It’s obligatory. They revere it as a skill that should be perfected,” she said.

While Prollock said she can’t judge Obama’s faith, his actions have raised questions about whether he is a sincere Christian. In that respect, she agrees with Huckabee.

“Obama has a bit of a disregard, even a disdain, for Christianity. If you go by the things he says, the things he does, his behavior, everything, it’s quite contradictory to what Christians believe in,” she said.

Prollock’s opinion is that the president probably doesn’t hold to any one religion.

“I don’t think he has respect for any one faith. He doesn’t advocate one over another. He doesn’t see the importance of any faith,” she said.

Prollock added that Obama appears to be more sympathic to Muslims than people of other faiths. She credits the fact that he was raised in Indonesia, which is heavily Muslim, for his attitudes toward them now.

“I think he is more comfortable being around Muslims. That’s why there are so many of them in our government,” Prollock said.

Prollock said Obama’s mother and his early days as a child in Indonesia fostered Obama’s worldview. She believes he doesn’t have respect for America as its president because of his mother’s views and Indonesian influence.

“I think he perceived America the way he sees any industrialized country, as in Europe,” she explained. “I think he sees this as a greedy industrial power preying on third world countries, preying on their resources for industrial growth,”

As far as comments from the Republican candidates are concerned, Prollock said Trump isn’t responsible for defending the president. Carson has a valid point in that a devout Muslim could not adequately defend the Constitution, even though the Constitution allows for anyone of any faith to run for president, she said.

The reason a devout Muslim shouldn’t ever be president is simple, Prollock concluded. A devout Muslim would put Sharia Law above the Constitution.

“The Constitution is based on the precepts of Christianity. They are in total conflict to each other,” she explained. “Our Constitution opposes the establishment of a state religion. Islam operates as a theocracy. They think everyone should be Islamic.”