Carson: I Don’t Care About a Person’s Religious Beliefs as Long as They Embrace the Constitution
Ben Carson stands by opposition to Muslim president (CBS News)
That said, however, he feels that his comments have been taken out of context. At a press conference in Sharonville, Ohio, Tuesday, Carson said, "I don't care what a person's religious beliefs are or what their religious heritage is. If they embrace American culture, if they embrace our Constitution and are willing to place that above their religious beliefs, I have no problem with that. I said that. Why is it so impossible for people to hear that?"
"If, for instance, you believe in a theocracy, I don't care if you're a Christian. If you're a Christian and you're running for president and you want to make this into a theocracy, I'm not going to support you. I'm not going to advocate you being the president."
He also said that a Muslims rejecting their religion and swearing to uphold the Constitution, "would be considered infidels and heretics, but at least then I will be quite willing to support them."