Republican presidential contender Ben Carson has a history of controversial comments, but this is the first time he’s made them under the bright spotlight of the mainstream media. Frustrated with their inability to put a dent in Donald Trump’s armor, hundreds of impotent liberal pundits came out of the woodwork to see if they would have better luck with Carson. And they are learning once again that conservatives are no longer willing to let the media choose the GOP candidate.
“We sent out an email to Carson supporters, and we’ve never had an email raise so much money so quickly — it’s unbelievable,” said John Philip Sousa IV, the chairman of the 2016 Committee super PAC that supports the retired neurosurgeon. “My phone has exploded over the last 48 hours — of people wanting me to pass on to Dr. Carson how much they respect his truthfulness and believe in the American system, and how absolutely not should anyone who believes in Sharia law come close to the White House. The people are on Dr. Carson’s side on this one — sorry NBC you lose.”
This campaign season has been fascinating for a number of reasons, but nothing has been more satisfying than watching tactic after tactic blow up in the face of the Democrats. After holding the country hostage for more than a year with their biased, inflammatory, and outright dishonest coverage of police brutality, the left is finally reaping their just rewards. Lie to the American public long enough, and we will eventually stop listening.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said on Meet the Press Sunday, igniting a predictable firestorm. Carson, like Trump, is not interested in apologizing. He has repeatedly defended his original statement, telling The Hill the next day that Sharia law “is not consistent with the Constitution of this country.”
Democrats – and even many of Carson’s fellow Republican contenders – rushed to criticize him for his remarks.
Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin actually created a brand new personal Twitter account to stand up for her religion. “You can be a proud American, a proud Muslim, and proudly serve this great country. Pride versus prejudice,” Abedin said.
Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina both strongly denounced Carson’s remarks, noting that there was no religious test for the presidency.
President Obama was so angry that he tore a hole in his prayer rug.
Naturally, it’s entirely possible that a Muslim would make a great president. In a world where anything can happen, it’s possible that a kindergartner would make a great president. But – constitutional law aside – haven’t we earned the right to hedge our bets? Let’s put it this way: if Christian theocracies were stoning women to death in 2015 and Christian terrorist groups were killing hundreds of innocent people every day, would we be clamoring for a Christian president? So why pretend like Islam is this magical, protected religion, above reproach and beyond criticism?
When it butts heads with the LGBT agenda, these liberals lash out against religion like it’s the scourge of the earth. When it butts up against common sense and conservatism, though, they suddenly remember that America was founded on the principle of religious freedom. They suddenly become constitutional scholars, one and all.
Here’s a question for you to chew on: Would you rather vote for a Muslim Republican or a Christian Democrat?
Maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to build that wall up at the Mexican border. We might need a quick escape route.