President-elect Donald Trump has nominated a man for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson, who thinks Islam isn’t a religion and has argued that there’s a covert Muslim plot to destroy the U.S. from within. (Actually, not so “covert” at all, if you’ve read the quran)
HUFFPOST “Based on his past anti-Islam statements and policy positions, Muslims are very concerned about how Dr. Carson would treat Muslim HUD employees or Muslims seeking agency services,” Robert McCaw, government affairs director at designated terrorist group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), said in a statement.
Carson called for the State Department to “fully investigate” the Council of America-Islamic Relations (CAIR) “as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and a supporter of terrorism.”
Carson does not regard Islam as a religion.
During a January campaign speech in Iowa, Carson suggested the rise of the self-described Islamic State was inevitable because Islam was inherently violent. Carson said people “don’t understand the whole apocalyptic vision that they [Muslims] have. When you understand that, you understand what drives an organization like ISIS.”
“Once you study Islam, you won’t call it a religion,” Carson said when pressed further on whether he was talking about all of Islam or just ISIS.
Carson understands the threat of “civilizational jihad” to America.
Carson told Breitbart News’ Steve Bannon in February 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.”
Carson once said Muslims can only embrace American democracy if “they’re schizophrenic.”
Bannon also asked Carson whether he thinks Muslims who are “Sharia adherent” can participate in a Democratic society governed by the rule of law. “Only if they’re schizophrenic,” Carson replied. “I don’t see how they can do it otherwise, because they have two different philosophies boring at you [that contradict each other]. That would be very difficult.”
Carson said a Muslim person shouldn’t be president, and that Islam isn’t “consistent” with the Constitution.
“I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” Carson said during a September 2015 appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I absolutely would not agree with that.” (Sorry, Ben, that boat already sailed 8 years ago)
Then asked if he considers Islam to be consistent with the Constitution, Carson said: “No, I don’t ― I do not.”
Trump is surrounding himself with “Islamophobes.”
Carson is among several people with deeply-held negative views regarding Islam who Trump has selected to advise him in the White House.
There’s Steve Bannon, the president-elect’s chief strategist, who thinks anti-Muslim hate group leaders are experts on Islam. He is also the executive chairman of Breitbart News, a site that regularly publishes virulently anti-Muslim articles written by people the SPLC categorizes as hate group leaders (BNI is in that SPLC group). “STOPPING ISLAMIC IMMIGRATION IS A MATTER OF SURVIVAL,” screams one Breitbart headline.
Michael Flynn, a retired U.S. lieutenant general who is a board member and adviser for the anti-Muslim group Act for America, was tapped as a national security adviser. Flynn once likened Islam to a cancer, and has said he doesn’t “see Islam as a religion” but “as a political ideology.”
Other nominees ― including Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) for CIA director ― have a history of anti-Muslim political speech.
Clare Lopez, an anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist who works at the Center for Security Policy, is reportedly being considered as a deputy national security adviser.
American Muslim leaders wrote Trump an open letter. They’re calling on him to “reconsider and reject” many of the people he has named to his administration who have “a well documented history of telling the truth about Islam.”
And now a word from the smarmy little spokesjihadist from CAIR: