Subscribe

Ben Carson: By keeping out Islam, we protect women (+video)

Is there a 'war on women'? Yes – but not in the US, the Republican candidate told supporters, promising that immigrants are 'welcome to come to America, but they don't get to change who we are.'

  • close
    Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson welcome him to Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan on Wednesday. Carson spoke to students about immigration, debt, and political correctness.
    Jessica Christian/ Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP
    View Caption
  • About video ads
    View Caption
of

While stumping in Michigan yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson paid a visit to faith-based Spring Arbor University, where he told students America should be a “Judeo-Christian” nation that will defend women’s rights.

Dr. Carson’s speech took place days after his hotly-debated comments on “Meet the Press” last Sunday, when he claimed that a Muslim should not be president because, in his opinion, Islam contradicts American values and the US Constitution.

Carson was immediately criticized by figures from Hillary Clinton to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which called for him to exit the presidential race.

Recommended: 14 Republicans running in 2016

Others, however, defended Carson, from “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade to Indian-American journalist Asra Nomani, who penned an opinion piece called “To This Secular Muslim, Ben Carson Had A Point” for the Daily Beast. No matter where Muslim communities are, Nomani writes, they “still struggle with existential questions about whether Islam is compatible with democracy and secularism.”

According to the Detroit News, Carson clarified that he would only object to a Muslim candidate who was not “willing to put the Constitution above their ideology”: an accusation some liberals might bring against Carson himself, whose image as a devout Christian with conservative social values has helped him rise to number two in the Republican field.

In Spring Arbor, Carson accused critics of over-sensitivity: “I have no interest in being like everybody else and giving away all of our values and principles for the sake of political correctness,” he said."There is such a thing as an American dream and the American way. Anybody is welcome to come to America, but they don't get to change who we are.”

As examples, he pointed to Sharia law, a diverse system of religious rules followed by some Muslim societies, arguing that it oppresses women and treats them like “chattel.” “We do not want to import that type of ideology into America,” he declared.

Carson also denounced the frequent Democrat assertion that Republicans are waging a “war on women” by advocating limits on reproductive health care, dismissing the idea as “phony” and talking about the powerful role women have played in his own life.

Carson’s own positions on such women’s issues have been difficult to pin down, despite the popular perception that he is anti-abortion.

Politico reports that, as a pediatric neurosurgeon, Carson made referrals for women seeking abortions, but he maintains that he is personally pro-life; however, he has refused to specify a legal opinion on the issue, other than saying that he supports a bill to delegalize abortion after 20 weeks. According to campaign communications director Doug Watts, Carson believes that it the debate on abortion is a battle for “hearts and minds,” not courts.

Nevertheless, some women’s advocates believe Carson’s opinions could endanger reproductive rights. In May, Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, issued a statement on Carson’s candidacy:

“If Ben Carson doesn’t trust women to make their own health care decisions, then women can’t trust Ben Carson to be president,” she said. 

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
FREE Newsletters
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK