Finally liberals and some conservatives agree on something. Ben Carson is a bigot! Typical liberal histrionics, and distortion, can be seen by Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Atlantic, and not so typical conservative histrionics, and distortion by Rick Moran at PJ Media. But Ben Carson is nothing of the sort. He’s just too logical for those who only seem able to emote. George Neumayr at The American Spectator calls it what it is, “empty outrage,” although he mistakenly says it is only liberals who are outraged.
Contrary to the media’s extreme construction of his view, Carson isn’t taking the sweeping position that anybody who happens to be born into Islam is intrinsically unfit for the presidency. By “Muslim,” he means an adherent to Islamic orthodoxy. “Now, if someone has a Muslim background and they’re willing to reject those tenets and to accept the way of life that we have, and clearly will swear to place our Constitution above their religion, then, of course, they will be considered infidels and heretics, but at least I would then be quite willing to support them,” he told Sean Hannity.
In other words, Carson could support a bad Muslim for the presidency but not a good one—a position that shocks liberals even as they take an identical one with respect to Christians. What is the purpose of all of their propaganda against Christianity in the public square if not to scrub it clean of good Christians, leaving only heretical nominal Christians to serve in government offices? Liberals constantly lecture Americans on the dangers of voting for “evangelical” Christians, orthodox Catholics, and other members of the dreaded “religious right.”
But members of the “religious left,” a la our current president, are of course welcome.
A “good Muslim” believes in something called Sharia Law, in which there is no concept of a separation of church, or mosque, from state. If Mohammed had been asked about paying taxes to Cesar, unlike Jesus he would not of distinguished between God and Cesar; Cesar submits to God, or else. In Christianity there is a teaching known as the two kingdoms, both of which have a sphere of legitimate authority the other cannot broach. Liberals often imply and say outright that conservative Christians want to establish a theocracy, which if they had ever read a Bible would know is antithetical to the Christian faith. But not only is a theocracy an aspect of Islam, a “good” Muslim must believe it. I’m with Ben Carson on this one.