After whacking a proverbial hornet’s nest with remarks on NBC’s Meet the Press regarding a hypothetical Muslim candidate, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson backpedaled slightly on Monday. From Mediaite:
On Hannity tonight, Carson said that “we do not put people at the leadership of our country whose faith might interfere with them carrying out the duties of the Constitution,” which he insisted applies to every faith, not just Islam.
But he still singled out Islam in particular, saying any Muslim candidate should reject the more controversial tenets of their faith and accept the American way of life, which he assumed would make them “heretics” to the faith.
Earlier on Monday, I wrote that Carson should have qualified his original statement by saying that all theocracy is antithetical to the Constitution, not just the Islamic variety. Someone on his campaign, or perhaps Carson himself, obviously came to the same conclusion. But the distinction probably won’t help him now.