9/23/15, "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Judge People on their Character," Fox Business News, Julia Limitone
"During an interview with the FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo,
NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discussed Republican presidential
candidate Dr. Ben Carson’s anti-Muslim comments. “I am not an infidel or a heretic. To be characterized like that is
just an expression of bigotry. Americans are judged on their character,”
He argued Dr. Ben Carson doesn’t support the Constitution.
“When they run for office there is no religious component in
qualifying for public office in America. That’s clearly in the
constitution… Mr. Carson says we have to support the Constitution, but
he doesn’t support the Constitution by denying Muslims the same access
to public office as any other person from any other religion. He is
clearly distorted and I think a little deranged,” he said.
Abdul-Jabbar discussed the process of converting to Islam and expressed his feelings towards Sharia law.
“Sharia law is for Muslims. So if there is a Muslim majority state then
it has to be run by Sharia law. But I live in a very diverse country and
I have to respect everyone else’s beliefs -- the Koran says that…and
unless they are criminals you can’t persecute them on the basis of
religion. So people who support their government-- I totally support my
government. The United States Constitution protects my rights to
practice Islam. That’s the only criteria that Muslims have in being a
minority in the country. We have to respect the laws and traditions of
America.”"...via Pamela Geller