‘Apology to America’s Muslims is in order’


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To the editor:

Pardon me, Dr. Carson. Why are Muslims unfit to be a president of the United States?

Last time I checked, Thomas Jefferson specifically included Islam when arguing for freedom of religion, as he referred to the term “Mohammadans.” For your information, Muslims were even among the crews of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria when they arrived at America’s shores.

As a retired veteran, I do know it is an indisputable fact that Muslim Americans have played a vital role in the safety and welfare of our nation. They have served in every conflict and war since the Revolutionary War.

You said in your new book, ” I believe a difference starts with understanding our amazing founding document, the U.S. Constitution.” However, the Constitution specifies there shall be no religious test for public office.

Even my 12-year-old son knows that the constitutional requirements to be president are:

1. Be at least 35 years old.

2. Be a natural-born U.S. citizen.

3. Live in the U.S. for 14 years.

You confound me even more when you say, “If I was in Trump’s position, I would have corrected the person who asserted that Obama is a Muslim.” But you ignored the fact that the same man in the audience in the New Hampshire town hall meeting also suggested we should get rid of Muslims in America.

I’m sure you are a good doctor who performed brain surgery thousands of times, but you were wrong on both accounts about Islam and our Constitution. You were at least consistent in your ignorance.

An apology to America’s Muslims is in order and I call upon you to step down.

Mahmoud El-Yousseph

Westerville

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