Ben Carson Tells Values Voters Even Christians Must Subjugate Their Beliefs to Constitution

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Ben Carson took the stage at the Values Voter Summit and told the crowd that the media needs to go back and look at his Meet the Press transcript, you know, the one where he said Muslims should not be president. He says he never said that now, that “Not advocating they run for president in no way precludes them from running.”

At the time, Carson told Chuck Todd that Islam is not consistent with the Constitution. His remarks last week were condemned by Bernie Sanders and by President Obama.

As he told the VVS crowd:

I said, before that I said anybody from any faith, from any belief system who comes to America, becomes an American citizen, embraces our American values and principles and is willing to subjugate their beliefs to our Constitution is somebody I have no problem with. But he then comes back and says, yeah, but what about a Muslim, in the context of maybe somebody who didn’t fit in that category. Anybody who doesn’t fit in that category, I don’t care who they are – they can be a Christian – if they don’t fit in that category, I’m not going to advocate that they be president of the United States. It’s as simple as that.

This appears on the surface to be a case of Carson backing off from his earlier, inflammatory comments. Fox & Friends’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck had claimed his objection to Muslim presidents made Carson “a real person,” and Carson’s business manager’s defense of the indefensible collapsed under the weight of CNN’s Alisyn Camerota’s invoking the United States Constitution’s Article VI.


Of course, we must remember that Republican rejection of Constitutional precepts is not seen by them as a rejection of Constitutional precepts. Cognitive dissonance prevents the rule of logic, let alone the introduction of unwelcome facts.

It isn’t exactly as if Carson was showing himself to be newly enlightened. He already defended himself by saying he was attacking Sharia Law, even though the Law of Moses is identical in every important respect, to Sharia Law. He has even said since that he would support a Muslim candidate who renounced Sharia Law.

Of course, he’s not about to renounce the Law of Moses, or ask that any candidate do so. Obviously, Carson himself does not subjugate his religious beliefs to the Constitution. No Republican candidate is willing to do that.

And as though to drive the point home, he told the VVS15 crowd “You know, political correctness is ruining our country and we need to stand up for what we actually believe. (Applause, cheers.) It’s ridiculous.”

Political correctness, of course, is a conservative code word for Americans standing up for their rights against Republican religious tyranny. You know, like refusing to be persecuted by people like Kim Davis.

So in the context of all that has been said by the Religious Right-owned Republican Party for the past half-century, Ben Carson was not backing off at all. He was saying that his beliefs do not conflict with the Constitution (even though they do) because of the demonstrably false claim that the Bible and Constitution are indistinguishable.

No applause for Ben Carson today, or any day, from those who love liberty, because he does not.

20 Replies to “Ben Carson Tells Values Voters Even Christians Must Subjugate Their Beliefs to Constitution”

  1. …somebody will call him on it, play it for him and try to make him own his words…Carson will then claim “Persecution” and go screaming for cover…

  2. Isn’t it amazing! They trashed PBO for lack of experience, being a mere Senator.

    Now the GOP Top Three Candidates have no Political leadership experience whatsoever!

  3. If Ben Carson really wanted to save this country he would use his documented talent and skills to develop a cure for STUPID

  4. Love it Hammer: “Moe, Larry or Carly”
    Should be a Bumper-Sticker!

    I feel the Pope brought strength to Progressives…we only need to Tap it.

    This wonderful man spoke of everything we Democrats hold dear.

  5. just lip service from Carson> another etch a sketch GOP sociopath and homophobic creature of hate and misery..

  6. Mittens. You wait. He’ll come back in an instant, when the rest of these yahoos have made the GOP even more unelectable than they are already.

  7. Ben Carson, it is NOT for anyone to “subjugate beliefs to the Constitution.” It is that NO ONE is to subjugate anyone to their, or any specific belief … in other words, separation of church and state.

    Methinks that YOU, Ben Carson, are playing the martyr, just as Kim Davis is being proposed for canonization by the Right Wing. Davis is wrong to interject her “beliefs” into her job, by not doing the job she was nominated to do. Her “beliefs” have nothing to do with her office except that she do her best for those she SERVES.

    I am a Christian who does my job without “advertising” my beliefs. I do with love, just as Jesus did!

    The Right Wing has co-opted the word “Christian” and defamed its true meaning, that it no longer has anything to do with Jesus Christ, but by corrupting it by their actions of hate, racism, bullying, misogyny and interfering with government policies especially against workers, immigrants and women.

    Great article!

  8. Well, as Aristophanes said over 2,500 years ago (sort of anticipating modern day repuglicanism):

    “Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.”

  9. I’ve been watching ben carson on the Sunday morning shows, constantly tying himself in knots trying to disavow his earlier comments, blaming the media for showing videos of his interviews and speeches. I really can’t understand what he’s saying, and he constantly changes his statements on Muslims and everything else.

    While he may have been a “brilliant” brain surgeon as he constantly tells us, I think he’s a flake.

  10. Even when Carson makes sense he finds out(as Boehner did) there is no room for sense in the GOP base.

  11. For a Muslim to reject Sharia Law would be like a Christian to renounce the resurrection of Jesus Christ, aint going to happen.

    Think folks!

  12. For a Muslim to reject Sharia law, a Theocracy would be like a Christian to reject the resurrection of Jesus Christ, this is not going to happen folks. Our constitution does not allow for a Theocracy folks, think!

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