Ben Carson isn’t a psychiatrist, but he likes to play one on the radio. In an interview he gave on Breitbart News Daily today, he told host Stephen Bannon that Muslims would have to be “schizophrenic” if they wanted to embrace American values like democracy while adhering to Islamic doctrines.
This may come as quite a surprise to the 3.3 million patriotic Muslim-Americans who seem to be in good mental health living, working and raising families in this country.
It comes as no surprise, however, that GOP conservatives like Carson continue to use their anti-Muslim intolerance to fuel their campaigns and garner votes. Since he began his presidential run, Carson has openly disparaged the religion of Islam, even declaring that a Muslim should only be President of the United States if he or she renounces Islam which, he says, is counter to the principles of American democracy.
This may come as quite a surprise to U.S. Congressmen Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Andre Carson of Indiana.
Carson went on in the interview to warn that Islamic jihadists are crossing into the U.S. through our Mexico border and criticized former President George W. Bush for stating that Islam is a religion of peace, stating rather that Islam is “a religion of domination.”
According to Pew Research Center there were about 3.3 million Muslims of all ages living in the United States in 2015. So if we were to believe Ben Carson, they would have already made America’s 170 million women subservient to Sharia law and, likewise, killed all the rest of us 330 million non-Muslims.
Carson also recently penned a Fox News op-ed, “It’s time to declare war on ISIS,” which he discussed later in the interview.
For seven years we’ve all watched as America’s global leadership has declined and radical Islamic terrorism spread around the world. The explosion of this global ideology of violent extremism is only accelerating, and innocent men, women and children are paying the price for our ineffective action and failure to lead.
What will it take for America’s leaders to wake up to the true nature of radical Islamic terrorism? Even after horrifying attacks in San Bernardino, Calif. President Obama refuses to acknowledge this threat for what it is: a radical ideology that seeks to violently impose Islam on others and supplant existing cultures and duly constituted governments around the world. We cannot defeat the Islamic State and other brands of radical Islamic terrorism until we confront this truth.
Sure, if you’re an American traveling through ISIS controlled territory there is reason to be concerned about terrorists, but here in America you are far more likely to get shot by a gun than you are to die at the hands of an Islamic extremist.
Dear Ben Carson: There are 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. If the sole intent of Islam is domination, we’d all be dead by now.
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