For John, BLUF: "The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war." Nothing to see here; just move along.
Washington Post OpEd Writer Ruth Marcus, who is a Progressive ideologue of the first water, just doesn't get it.♠ Her deep seated prejudice against the Republican Party (and perhaps the idea of Black Republicans) causes her to refuse to understand what Dr Ben Caron is saying. It isn't brain surgery. Dr Carson is saying that if you believe Sharia Law is supreme, and you believe it is over the US Constitution, you have the wrong mindset to be US President.♥ But, let us listen to what Ms Marcus says:
Pope Francis did not come to Washington to side with one political party — and, predictably, there was something in what the pope had to say for both Republicans and Democrats to dislike. Yet taken as a whole, Francis’s remarks amounted to an unmistakable rebuke — implicit and perhaps unintended, but nonetheless stinging — of the Republican Party and its leading presidential candidates.Here it is, the money quote: "For retired neurosurgeon and continuing anti-Muslim bigot Ben Carson". Give me a break. Here is a transcript:
For retired neurosurgeon and continuing anti-Muslim bigot Ben Carson, who attended the first-ever papal address to Congress, Pope Francis had a message about the imperative for religious tolerance. “We know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. This means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether religious or of any other kind,” Francis said.
CHUCK TODD: Let me wrap this up by finally dealing with what's been going on, Donald Trump, and a deal with a questioner that claimed that the president was Muslim. Let me ask you the question this way: Should a President's faith matter? Should your faith matter to voters?Ms Marcus is a bigot, plain and simple, and so are those Democrats who are jumping on this story.
DR. BEN CARSON: Well, 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. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the constitution, no problem.
CHUCK TODD: So do you believe that Islam is consistent with the constitution?
DR. BEN CARSON: No, I don't, I do not.
CHUCK TODD: So you--
DR. BEN CARSON: I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.
CHUCK TODD: And would you ever consider voting for a Muslim for Congress?
DR. BEN CARSON: Congress is a different story, but it depends on who that Muslim is and what their policies are, just as it depends on what anybody else says, you know. And, you know, if there's somebody who's of any faith, but they say things, and their life has been consistent with things that will elevate this nation and make it possible for everybody to succeed, and bring peace and harmony, then I'm with them.
Regards — Cliff
♠ She probably missed the way SecState Hillary Clinton threw the First Amendment under the bus over the Benghazi Imbroglio.
♥ It reminds me of Turkish President Erdogan and his comment that Democracy is like a train trip. When you get to your station you get off. Not my view of Democracy.