Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he doesn’t think a Muslim is fit to be president of the United States.
Answering a question on Meet the Press, the retired neurosurgeon said, "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that."
Carson’s comments are being slammed for being anti-Muslim, however, Islamophobia isn’t the only reason why he is wrong.
While rejecting the idea of a Muslim U.S. president, Carson also said Islam’s teachings are inconsistent with the Constitution.
"If it's inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter," he clarified.
Essentially, Carson suggested a person’s religious affiliation should matter when running for president when in fact, according to Article VI of the Constitution, it shouldn’t:
“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the members of the several state legislatures, and all executive and judicial officers, both of the United States and of the several states, shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
Apart from being a little less discriminatory towards Muslims, perhaps Carson should study up on the basic principles of the Constitution since he aspires to run the country someday.