The Religious Bigotry of Ben Carson, Candidate

Let me state upfront that Ben Carson has disqualified himself to be the next president of the United States with his statement about how a Muslim cannot be president, a statement that prompted Ta-Nahesi Coates to label him a “bigot” in a piece for The Atlantic this morning.

But I want to dig down into something Carson said in his defense of why a Muslim cannot be president. Carson said: “Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that’s inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution.” I think Carson misses the irony in what he said here, because it’s applicable to a number of public officials in the United States if you replace “Muslim” with another word. Kim Davis, for instance, feels that religion is very much a part of her public life and what she does as a public official, but I don’t see Carson calling that out as being inconsistent with our Constitution. Does Carson give her a pass because she’s a Christian of some ilk?

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A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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