GREENVILLE, SC - SEPTEMBER 18:   Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson speaks to the crowd at the Heritage Action Presidential Candidate Forum September 18, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina. Eleven republican candidates each had twenty five minutes to talk to voters Friday at the Bons Secours Wellness arena in the upstate of South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

There was nothing illiberal about Ben Carson’s ‘Muslim president’ comment

Republican hopeful Ben Carson was asked on television whether a president’s religious faith matters. He said that a president’s faith should be compatible with the Constitution of the US. Asked whether that included Islam, he denied it. ‘I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.’

He has been accused of Islamophobia and of disregarding the Constitution itself, which states that ‘no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office’. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has called for Carson to withdraw from the race.