September 21, 2015

Criticism for the anti-Islamic remarks by Ben Carson are beginning to take effect, and it's not the effect his campaign bargained for. The Baltimore Jewish Council issued a statement condemning his remarks and coming out in support of their Islamic partners.

"We're not only disappointed with this intolerant view towards the Muslim community, but also his misrepresentation of our country’s founding values. The Constitution states, '… No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.' His ignorance on this issue and apparent Islamophobia clearly create concern over Dr. Carson’s candidacy."

Baltimore Jewish Council members said they will continue to work with their partners in the Muslim and interfaith communities to stand against anti-Muslim sentiment both in Baltimore and across the nation.

If racial profiling is bad for America, so is religious profiling. I'd advise atheists, and other religious minorities to take note: if you can be persecuted for what you believe, you too can be persecuted for what you don't believe.

You may recall the fearmongering over false claims of Islamic Sharia Law, which is downright inaccurate and ignorant. It is especially ironic because those cries generally come from those who want to impose a Christian Theocracy on the American people. Hopefully, more people will condemn this type of nonsense and call out the many baseless claims that will undoubtedly come from all the GOP clown car contestants.

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