Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson can’t and won’t stop saying incredibly dumb things about Muslims. Carson decided to revisit his comments about whether or not a Muslim should be president of the United States.

Carson’s holding fast to his position. This morning he told ABC’s Meet the Press that any Muslim should “subjugate their religious beliefs to our Constitution” before being elected to the White House. Carson elaborated:

“...What we should be talking about is Islam, and the tenets of Islam, and where do they come from? They come from sharia. They come from the Koran. They come from...the life works and examples of Muhammad. They come from the fatwas, which is the writings of scholars.

You know, and if you go back and you look at — what I would like for somebody to show me is an improved Islamic text that opposes sharia. Let me see — if you can show me that, I will begin to alter my thinking on this. But right now, when you have something that is against the rights of women, against the rights of gays, subjugates other religions, and a host of things that are not compatible with our Constitution, why in fact would you take that chance?”

Carson added that he would consider religion as probable cause for searches. That gem came when host Martha Raddatz asked him if religion was reason enough to “track emails [and] cell phone calls” of hypothetical Syrian refugees. “I personally don’t feel that way,” Carson responded, “but I would certainly be willing to listen to somebody who had evidence to the contrary.”


Carson’s opinions on religion haven’t harmed his standing in the polls. He’s currently in second place with 21% of Republican primary voters’ support.

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