Christians Have As Much To Fear From Ben Carson’s Theocracy As Muslims Do
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has been getting some attention recently as an alternative to Donald Trump. Pundits have taken note of Carson’s “softspoken” approach, meaning that he doesn’t wave his arms and yell as much as Trump does.
A president of the United States needs to do much more than simply offer a demeanor, though. It’s the substance of a presidential candidate’s ideas that matters most.
When it comes to the substance of Ben Carson’s ideas, we see that he’s even more extreme than Donald Trump.
Carson has said that going to prison leads people to choose to become gay.
Carson warns that Christian bakers will try to poison LGBT customers.
Carson worked for a pyramid scheme to sell medicines that haven’t been proven to work.
Carson has condemned efforts to oppose torture.
Less than a year ago, Carson inaccurately claimed that we were on the verge of a national Ebola epidemic, and advocated discriminatory policies that turned out to be completely unnecessary.
Caron says that women’s rights are to blame for racist violence.
What’s more, Ben Carson thinks that he’s been fingered by God, told by spirit beings that he should run for President.
Having a soft speaking voice doesn’t make up for this kind of sloppy thinking and crude ideology.
Now, Ben Carson has declared that he would oppose any Muslim who ran for President, simply because of his religious beliefs. This weekend, Carson stated that “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that,” and said that Islam is “not consistent with the Constitution”.
It seems that Ben Carson hasn’t taken a look at the Constitution for a while. It is Carson’s own beliefs that are inconsistent with the Constitution. Article VI of the Constitution states that, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States,” while the First Amendment says that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Commentary on Ben Carson’s desire to exclude Muslims from high political office has focused on the detrimental consequences that such a policy would have against followers of Islam. However, Ben Carson has long sought to exclude all non-Christians from equality under the law in the United States.
What’s more, Ben Carson’s ideology of Christian theocracy is dangerous for American Christians. The history of theocracy, after all, includes at least as much Christian-against-Christian violence and persecution as aggression by Christians against non-Christians. If we installed a Christian theocracy in the United States, the zeal of our religious rulers would quickly turn from enforcement of Christian worship on everybody to the question of which kind of Christianity would be allowed to control the new government-mandated religion.
Mixing religion into politics endangers all those who seek to follow their own conscience, whether that conscious is Christian or not. That’s just one more reason that Ben Carson is too extreme to deserve anyone’s vote in his campaign for the White House.