The largest Muslim advocacy organization in the U.S. is calling on Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson to drop out of the Republican presidential race. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Monday (September 21) called on Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson to withdraw from the presidential race because of his comments on Muslims. Carson told a Sunday morning news program that the Muslim faith is inconsistent with American principles. The remarks by Carson, who is near the top of opinion polls for the crowded field of Republican candidates, followed a controversy that erupted when front-runner Donald Trump declined to challenge anti-Muslim comments made by a supporter on Thursday. CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil rights group. Nihad Awad, the executive director of CAIR, said the comments disqualify Carson for the presidency. "If he does not withdraw his comment, if he does not apologize to the Muslim community and the American public, we believe that his views are inconsistent with the United States constitution," Awad told reporters at a press conference in Washington, D.C.. "We do not know how he can lead and take the highest position in this land while disenfranchising an important American community, and that is the Muslim community, which is protected under the U.S. constitution." In a statement later on Sunday, a Carson campaign spokesman said Carson believed strongly in the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom, "but he also believes that the American people are far from ready to accept a Muslim as President in our Judeo-Christian society."