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09/22/2015 04:43 am ET Updated Oct 01, 2015

Ben Carson Walks Back Anti-Muslim Comments With More Anti-Muslim Comments

"I stand by the comments."

Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson continued to explain controversial comments he made about Muslims by making more inflammatory comments about Muslims.

Carson received a barrage of backlash after telling "Meet the Press" on Sunday that he "would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation." He clarified on Monday, saying that he would support a Muslim president -- if he or she denounced their religion.

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson continued to clarify comments he recently made about Muslims.
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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson continued to clarify comments he recently made about Muslims.

"If someone has a Muslim background and they're wiling to reject those tenets and accept the way of life that we have and clearly will swear to place our constitution above their religion, then of course they'll be considered infidels and heretic, but at least then I'd be quite willing to support them," he told Fox News' Sean Hannity.

It's worth noting that no Christian president has ever been asked to denounce their faith.

Several Republican presidential candidates who are Christian, including Carson, oppose same-sex marriage on religious freedom grounds despite the Supreme Court declaring that the Constitution protects that right. 

Carson told Hannity he doesn't regret his remarks.

"I stand by the comments," Carson said. "What we have to recognize is that this is America, and we have a constitution and we don't put people at the leadership of our country whose faith will interfere with the carrying out the duties of the constitution. If you believe in a theocracy, I don't care if you're a Christian. If you're a Christian and you're running for president and you want to make us into a theocracy, I'm not going to support you."

After hearing Carson's explanation, Hannity boldly declared that "the controversy is over." Something tells us that won't be the case.

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