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Media Again Attacks Ben Carson Over No Muslim President – Carson’s Numbers Go Up

Ben CarsonA week ago on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson cited the conflict between the tenets of Islam, as expressed in Sharia law, and the Constitution of the United States as the basis for his view that a Muslim should not be President. 

To refresh your memory this was Dr. Carson’s exchange with NBC’s Chuck Todd:

CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS HOST: Should a president's faith matter? Should your faith matter to voters? 

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, I have no problem.  

TODD: So do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?  

CARSON: No, I do not. I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that. 

Carson’s concerns – which we share – drew widespread criticism and allegation of religious bigotry from the establishment media. However, that is much more indicative of the media’s ignorance of Islam as it is practiced by millions of adherents around the globe than it is of the non-existent “bigotry” of Dr. Carson and his very realistic assessment of the conflict between Islam and constitutional liberty. 

Not being willing to miss an opportunity to exercise the weird Islamophilia that has suddenly infected America’s 21st century Left, CNN’s Jake Tapper decided to have another go at Dr. Carson on last Sunday’s “State of the Union.”

TAPPER: He [NBC’s Chuck Todd] didn't ask you about Islam, if you thought Islam was consistent with the Constitution, and you said Muslims, that you would have a problem with a Muslim being president.  

CARSON: I would have problems with somebody who embraced all the doctrines associated with Islam. If they're not willing to reject, you know, sharia and all the portions of it that are talked about in the Koran, if they're not willing to reject that and subject that to American values and the Constitution, then of course I wouldn't. And I would ask you, would you be willing to do that? Would you be willing to advocate for somebody that would not do that. Probably not. 

TAPPER: I don't assume that because somebody's Muslim that they would put their religion ahead of the U.S. Constitution. And in fact the U.S. Constitution itself says no religious test. 

CARSON: Yes, except that I had already said, before that, that anybody from any religion, from any background, if they are -- I told you what the criteria were for that. I told Chuck Todd what the criteria for -- so he's asking this out of that context.  

TAPPER: You don't think that in any way you said anything that could have been said more clearly about Muslims?  

CARSON: I made it very clear. 

TAPPER: Because you seem to be singling out Muslims as individuals who automatically, as a kneejerk, would put their religion ahead of the country. And I think that that offended a lot of people, including a lot of patriotic Muslims.  

CARSON: I think the statement stands. Is it possible that maybe the media thinks that it's a bigger deal than the American people do? Because the American people, the majority of them, agree -- and they understand exactly what I'm saying. 

Dr. Carson’s business manager, Armstrong Williams, then ended the interview when Tapper kept hectoring Dr. Carson about whether or not Muslims could be patriotic Americans. 

Of course conservatives understand the game the establishment media is running against Ben Carson – what the media really want to do is keep hammering away on the narrative that Carson is a bigot, or better yet, browbeat him into submission and get him to admit that well gee maybe he was a little harsh and should apologize to all the would-be jihadis he offended. 

But, as Allen West observed recently, Dr. Carson was right about Sharia and the Constitution. 

There are now an estimated 3 million Muslims residing in the United States as citizens or with permanent legal status, noted LTC West, and more than 250,000 new Muslim residents enter the U.S. per year as refugees, on work visas and student-based visas, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. 

And, said West, a poll commissioned in May 2015 by the Center for Security Policy showed that 51 percent of American Muslims preferred that they should have their own Sharia courts outside of the legal system ruled by the U.S. Constitution. And nearly a quarter believed the use of violent jihad was justified in establishing Sharia. 

The problem for the establishment media is that Ben Carson and Armstrong Williams aren’t playing their game – and neither are the American people. 

Unlike the elite establishment media, people out in real American understand the threat Islam presents to constitutional liberty. 

The latest Fox News poll, conducted last Sunday through Tuesday, included interviews conducted during the media firestorm that erupted around Carson after he said he would not support the idea of a Muslim president. Carson does not appear to have been harmed by his comments about a Muslim president – in fact the poll shows his favorability rating has risen from 26 percent in May to 46 percent at the time of the poll. 

Since “Meet the Press” aired Carson’s campaign has added more than 100,000 new Facebook friends and “The money has been coming in so fast, it’s hard to even keep up with it,” Carson said Wednesday on Fox News Channel. And a survey last week from Democratic pollsters Public Policy Polling found Carson in second place among Iowa Republicans, polling at 17 percent behind Donald Trump’s 24 percent. 

“My phone has exploded over the last 48 hours—of people wanting me to pass on to Dr. Carson how much they respect his truthfulness and believe in the American system, and how absolutely not should anyone who believes in Sharia law come close to the White House. The people are on Dr. Carson’s side on this one—sorry NBC, you lose,” John Philip Sousa IV, chair of the 2016 Committee, a PAC supporting Carson, and great-grandson of the marching band icon, told The Washington Times

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