Ben Carson has adopted the mantel of the oppressor
The following exchange occurred on a recent Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. Ben Carson's response, a response in his mild manner form, displayed an intolerance that he should be ashamed of.
Chuck Todd: Let me wrap this up by finally dealing with what's been going on, Donald Trump, and a deal with a questioner that claimed that the president was Muslim. Let me ask you the question this way: Should a President's faith matter? Should your faith matter to voters?
Dr. Ben Carson: Well, 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. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the constitution, no problem.
Chuck Todd: So do you believe that Islam is consistent with the constitution?
Dr. Ben Carson: No, I don't, I do not.
Chuck Todd: So you--
Dr. Ben Carson: I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.
Chuck Todd: And would you ever consider voting for a Muslim for Congress?
Dr. Ben Carson: Congress is a different story, but it depends on who that Muslim is and what their policies are, just as it depends on what anybody else says, you know. And, you know, if there's somebody who's of any faith, but they say things, and their life 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'm with them.
Chuck Todd: And I take it you believe the president was born in the United States and is a Christian?
Dr. Ben Carson: I believe that he is. I have no reason to doubt what he says.
Does anyone believe that someone with such an intolerant thought process is qualified to be president of the United States? Dr. Ben Carson throughout his life has experienced prejudice. He is aware that many judged him simply because of who he was and not the content of his character or his innate abilities.
Why then would Ben Carson deny the rights that were denied to many on said basis? Bad ideology has the potential to trump rational moral thinking.