As an American Muslim, I was hoping that other Republican candidates for President would not out-trump Trump in making inappropriate and ugly remarks. Look who did it this time. It's Doctor Ben Carson. He is a great neurosurgeon and deserves respect, but he has crossed the line by advocating denying the right to a Muslim American in the future to be the president, a right which is guaranteed under the Constitution to all Americans who were born in the U.S., without regard to their religion.
He does not get what America is all about -- One does not indict an entire community for the criminal acts of a few. Carson should know better as the African Americans have been the subject of discrimination and guilt by association for a long time. If Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was alive today he would not have been happy with Ben Carson for judging the character of others based on their religious faith alone.
Later, the Women's suffrage bill was passed, giving the usurped rights of women back to them. Now women from both major political parties are running for the Presidency. As we have progressed, we have restored the inalienable rights of all Americans and we cannot go backwards.
American Muslim Institution is based in Washington, D.C., and is a proactive voice for American Muslims.