Ben Carson, who has a long history of making culturally insensitive and blatantly incorrect remarks, told Breitbart News Daily that American Muslims must be “schizophrenic” for trying to follow their religion while living in America.
When asked by Breitbart host Stephen Bannon if American Muslims could possibly embrace both Islamic and democratic values, Carson replied, “Only if they’re schizophrenic. I don’t see how they can do it otherwise, because you have two different philosophies.”
Later in the interview, Bannon asked Carson for his thoughts on Donald Trump’s recent condemnation of former President George W. Bush. Carson responded by saying, “I think [Trump’s comments are] garbage. I’ve known George W. Bush for a very long time, he is a patriot, he loves America.”
Bannon then asked Carson how he felt about Bush’s pronunciation that Islam is a religion of peace, to which Carson replied, “Bear in mind there are a lot of people in this country who will say that same thing … because they bought into it.” Carson added that the Prophet Muhammad was “somebody who [lived] a life who is in no way comparable to Jesus Christ.”
Carson’s comment’s have already drawn sharp criticism from the Muslim community. Saba Ahmed, president and founder of the Republican Muslim Coalition, said she feels Dr. Carson’s remarks were over the line and extremely offensive.
“As a Muslim it is offensive to be accused of schizophrenia,” Ahmed said. “There are tens of thousands of Muslims in this country who love American values and their religion at the same time. I am one of them.”
Ahmed added that the Republican Party that embraces Dr. Carson “is not the Republican Party I signed up to support. Nor is it a Republican Party that can win a national election.”
Carson has made numerous headlines this campaign season for making controversial comments about Islam and its adherents living in the United States. Last year, he said he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” despite the fact that the constitution forbids religious tests for public office. He also once told The Hill that a President should be “sworn in on a stack of Bibles, not a Quran.”