Republican candidate Carson says Muslims unfit to be U.S. president

U.S. Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in GreenvilleBy Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said on Sunday that Muslims were unfit to be president of the United States, arguing their faith was inconsistent with American principles. Carson, a Christian who says he got the idea for his tax proposals from the Bible, said he thought a U.S. president’s faith should be “consistent with the Constitution.” Asked if he thought Islam met this bar, the retired neurosurgeon said: “No, I do not.” America’s largest Muslim civil rights group condemned Carson for his statement, which it said should disqualify him from the presidential contest because the U.S. Constitution forbids religious tests for holding public office.

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