Muslim group condemns Carson comment, calls for repudiation
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group says lawmakers from across the political spectrum should repudiate Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s comments that the Islamic faith is inconsistent with the Constitution and that he would not agree with a Muslim being elected president.
Ibrahim Hooper is a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations and says the Constitution expressly prohibits a religious test to qualify for elected office.
Hooper says Carson’s comments show he is not qualified for the presidency because he cannot hold such views about a religion and at the same time say he will represent Americans of all faiths and backgrounds.
Carson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he would advocate that voters not put a Muslim in charge of the United States.
This story has been corrected to show that “Meet the Press” is on NBC, not CBS.