“Mr. Carson clearly does not understand or care about the Constitution,” the director of the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR) group, Nihad Awad, said in a statement. Ben Carson said that a Muslim should not be president on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Sunday.
“Not long ago, some people thought that a Catholic cannot be a president, an African-American cannot be a president,” said Awad. “They were wrong then, and they are wrong now.” He cited Article 6 in the Constitution, which states, “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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