Beginning to believe that if any of Uncle Ben’s patients survived…
It must have been because of the nurses holding his hand during an operation.
Thomas Jefferson and James Madison first proposed the Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom (the frame and basis of the later First Amendment to the Constitution) in 1779, the preamble began, “Well aware that Almighty God hath created the mind free.” Patrick Henry and other devout Christians attempted to substitute the words “Jesus Christ” for “Almighty God” in this opening passage and were overwhelmingly voted down. This vote was interpreted by Jefferson to mean that Virginia’s representatives wanted the law “to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahomedan, the Hindoo, and Infidel of every denomination.” “Mahomedan” being the slightly less than politically correct term for the followers of Islam at the time.
The simple fact is, there is no stipulation for religious belief in the Constitution – and nothing which bars anyone of any religion from holding office.
Indeed for his secular view, Thomas Jefferson was accused of being a Muslim. Islamic persecution in America started far before we became a country, and the first Muslims in America were some of the slaves brought to America from Africa. According to some historians, the faith of those slaves has a direct connection to the development of the “Black Muslim, NOI” sect in America started by Wallace D. Fard Muhammad, and led to prominence by Elijah Muhammad.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.”
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said that he would not support a Muslim running for president of the United States.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, host Chuck Todd asked Carson whether a president’s faith should matter. The question of how the Republican presidential candidates approach Islam has arisen since businessman Donald Trump was asked Thursday when the country could “get rid of” Muslims.
Trump said he would be “looking at a lot of things,” in response, and did not correct the suggestion that President Barack Obama is a Muslim and “not even an American.”
Carson, who placed third in the CNN/ORC poll of the Republican presidential field released Sunday, said a president’s faith would matter to him depending on what that faith is.
“If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter,” he said. “If it fits within the realm of America and is consistent with the Constitution, I have no problem.”
He said that Islam, as a religion, is incompatible with the Constitution.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” he said.