Two Muslim Congressmen have spoken out against the recent ignorant, Islamophobic comments made by Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
“For Ben Carson, Donald Trump, or any other Republican politician to suggest that someone of any faith is unfit for office is out of touch with who we are as a people,” said Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress, in a statement.
“It’s unimaginable that the leading GOP presidential candidates are resorting to fear mongering to benefit their campaigns, and every American should be disturbed that these national figures are engaging in and tolerating blatant acts of religious bigotry.”
Over the weekend Carson said in an NBC interview that Islam is “inconsistent with the values and principles of America” and is “incompatible” with the U.S. Constitution and therefore he wouldn’t support a Muslim becoming president.
Yea, okay Dr. Carson…except the United States government is secular, isn't it? The concept of separation of church and state indicates that one’s religion should not even be a factor in political matters.
So what is it Carson? Are you striving to uphold the U.S. Constitution as it is written or create your own interpretation that excludes Muslims?
Another anti-Muslim scenario happened last week when Trump failed to correct a man who called President Barack Obama a Muslim and then proceeded to tell the same man that he would “look into” getting rid of all the Muslims in the country if he became president.
Although that type of bigotry is expected of Trump, he continues to find ways to up the ante on his level of outrageous statements.
André Carson (D-Ind.), another Muslim Congressman also offered condemning comments about Carson’s remarks.
"Saying that the U.S. shouldn't elect a Muslim U.S. president is absurd as saying we shouldn't elect a neurosurgeon as president," André reportedly said in a radio interview.
"The comments made by Dr. Carson show, I think, he isn't ready to be commander-in-chief of this country," he added.
The fact that Carson and Trump are currently leading candidates further proves that we are living in an Islamophobic, racist society. For as many people as there are criticizing these intolerant behaviors, there are just as many (if not more) who support them.
These candidates, unfortunately, have a public platform to openly express what many of our neighbors, teachers, classmates and coworkers are already thinking.
In the words of Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH.), “We’ve got work to do.”