BEn carson

Secretary of Housing and urban development

AFFILIATIONs

Myfaithvotes: Former National Chairman

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

BIO

Ben Carson, a former candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, is one of the more interesting members of the Trump administration. A world-renowned neurosurgeon, Carson’s political career began when--standing right next to President Obama--he gave a scathing critique of the Obama administration during the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast.  Carson leveraged his 15 minutes of conservative media fame into a presidential run, becoming a candidate for the 2016 GOP nomination. Although he made some noise during the Iowa caucuses, Carson’s faith-based campaign quickly ran out of steam.

However, his political career did not end there. Once Trump became president, Carson--despite having no experience working in public housing or urban development--was appointed the Secretary of HUD. Carson’s Christian conservatism has led him to make a series of controversial statements about many marginalized groups, including the LGBTQ+ and Muslim communities. Many groups and analysts have denounced Carson, with the SPLC placing Carson on their “Extremist Watch List.” Christopher Mathias, writing for The Huffington Post, went as far to say that, “Ben Carson Is An Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist Who Thinks Islam Isn’t A Religion.”

Islamophobia

Carson thinks Muslims that embrace “American values” are hypocrites.

“American Muslims who adhere to Islamic sharia law while also embracing the American values of democracy, including the separation of church and state, must be ‘schizophrenic,’ Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Tuesday. ‘Only if they're schizophrenic. I don’t see how they can do it otherwise, because you have two different philosophies’ in conflict with each other, he explained to Breitbart News Daily host Stephen Bannon, who had posed the question to the retired neurosurgeon.”

SOURCE: Nick Gass (Politico) (February 2016)

Carson believes that Islam is incompatible with the American ethos and, thus, a Muslim cannot become President of the U.S.

“Todd then asked Carson, whose rise in the polls has been powered in large part by Christian conservatives, if he believed that ‘Islam is consistent with the Constitution.’ ‘No, I don't, I do not,’ he responded, adding, ‘I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”

SOURCE: Nick Gass (Politico) (based on an interview Carson did with Chuck Todd of Meet the Press) (September 2015)

According to Carson, Islam is not a religion.

“Ben Carson has a homework assignment for Iowans the weekend before the presidential caucuses: read up on the history of Islam. And what message will they take away? He thinks that, after a bit of studying, “you won’t call it a religion, you’ll call it a life organization system,” one that has a “apocalyptic vision.”

SOURCE: Patrick Caldwell (Mother Jones) (January 2016)

Carson believes the history of Islam proves that Muhammad and his acolytes were evil, murderous barbarians.

“What I would suggest is that everybody here—we’ve got a weekend coming up—take a few hours and read up on Islam,’ Carson said. ‘Please do that. Read about Muhammad. Read about how he got his start in Mecca. Read about how he was seen by the people in Mecca—not very favorably, by the way. How his uncle, nevertheless, was an influential guy. Protected him. When his uncle died, he had to flee. He went north to Medina. That’s where he put together his armies, and they began to massacre anybody who didn’t believe the same way they did.”

SOURCE: Patrick Caldwell (Mother Jones) (January 2016)

Carson believes that Islam poses a civilizational threat to the West.

“Carson told Breitbart News’ Steve Bannon...that he was concerned about a ‘civilizational jihad’ against the U.S. wherein ‘jihadists’ who ‘disguise themselves as moderate Muslims’ would ‘infiltrate, multiply and take positions of power’ in order to ‘replace our Judeo-Christian values with Islam.”

SOURCE: Christopher Mathias (Huffington Post) (pulled from an interview that Carson did with Steve Bannon) (December 2016)

Carson called for an investigation of CAIR, implying that it is a terrorist organization.

“In September, a leading Muslim-American civil rights group called for Ben Carson to drop out of the presidential race. On Tuesday, he returned the favor by calling for the State Department to investigate it as ‘a supporter of terrorism...At that time, Carson’s campaign said it was willing to meet with the group, but he took a different tack this week when he released a seven-point national security plan for defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and protecting the U.S. The plan’s final point calls for the State Department to designate the Egyptian group the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. Another GOP contender, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, introduced a bill in Congress that would call on the Obama Administration to do the same. But Carson’s plan goes a step further in linking CAIR to the Muslim Brotherhood: ‘7. The Department of State should designate the Muslim Brotherhood and other organizations that propagate or support Islamic terrorism as terrorist organizations, and fully investigate the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and a supporter of terrorism.”

SOURCE: Maya Rhodan (TIME) (December 2015)

Carson claims that, “yes,” he saw non-existent footage of Muslims celebrating 9/11, From ABC News’ Twitter (November 2015):