This is already getting beat to death in the media, but I have an addendum question. On Sunday, Dr Ben Carson was asked about a Presidents [or candidates] religious faith.
He responded with “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…….I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”…..explaining moments later, that Islam was “not consistent with the Constitution”.
Of course, we needn’t remind the intelligent Doctor that Article VI requires public officials to be “bound by oath, or affirmation, to support this Constitution.” and “But no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
And Dr. Carson is possibly aware [whether he agrees with the premise or not] that many leading lights of the Christian Right believe the Constitution to be “divinely inspired” or at least traced directly back to the Bible.
My addendum question to this issue is this…..if Islam is “not compatible”, how exactly is Judaism or Christianity? We certainly have to look no further than the Constitutional provisions that protect equality of civil liberty, opportunity and government services….to all citizens…..not merely those who profess faith or align with a Biblical worldview. Further, for those it applies to, how does predestination, millennialism, dispensationalism or the general belief in a welcoming acceptance of the “end times” square with leading a nation of many faiths and none….toward a [hopefully] brighter future for our children?
Though I’m not an Atheist, I think I would welcome an Atheist candidate [provided that he/she protected religious liberty, in accordance with the Constitution]….in order to avoid the drama and distraction…and simply put mind to the task at hand, leading the nation…of all American citizens.
Wishful thinking? Yep.