Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Ben Carson Gets It Right Again...And Sam Harris Is Just Ignorant

In a recent interview, GOP Presidential hopeful Ben Carson was grilled once more about his declaration (discussed here) that he would not want a Muslim in the White House. Once again, he answered truthfully and rationally:

Well, let’s -- 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 the Koran. They come from, you know, 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 [he actually said "approved" ~ Ed] 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's informed, rational comments completely debunk a spurious contention made by Sam Harris during a recent appearance on CNN, that the Republican candidate is merely a "bigot" and a "Bible-thumper" who is engaging in "a kind of Christian demagoguery". Harris added: "I don't expect him to have thought deeply about how Islam as a set of doctrines and ideas may be incompatible with the Constitution."

Sam Harris is an intelligent, thoughtful man who cherishes reason...but it is not difficult to see that he is totally wrong on this. Whatever Carson's Christian beliefs, when one actually bothers to read what he has said on this particular issue, he is quite obviously 100% right, and has clearly given the issue much more thought than Harris is willing to give him credit for. It seems the Islamo-realistic secular Left have not yet risen above appealing to their ultra-Leftist base with cheap, lazy assertions of this kind.

When Carson was asked about his comments on a Muslim President in the recent This Week interview, his initial response was: "[R]ead the paragraph before that where I said anybody, doesn’t matter what their religious background, if they accept American values and principles and are willing to subjugate their religious beliefs to our Constitution. I have no problem with them. Why do you guys always leave that part out, I wonder?"

Indeed. Such omissions are expected from the craven dhimmis of the mainstream media. But coming from someone like Sam Harris, they are simply extremely disappointing.

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