Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he would “be happy to consider” voting for a Muslim for president, but only under a strict set of criteria.
“If you can find me a Muslim candidate who is a Republican, who will fight hard to protect religious liberty, who will respect the Judeo-Christian heritage of America, who will be committed to destroying ISIS and radical Islam, who will condemn cultures that treat women as second class citizens and who will place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution, then yes, I will be happy to consider voting for him or her,” he said in a statement through his presidential campaign.
Jindal’s statement comes amid a backlash over Republican rival Dr. Ben Carson’s remarks that he would not support a Muslim for president. There are no Muslims currently running for president.
Muslim groups and several of Carson’s fellow Republican rivals for the presidential nomination have called on him to apologize, and reporter have set out to get other candidates’ positions on the record. (Here is one such round-up from The Guardian, if you want to see how others have answered.)
Jindal, meanwhile, says he thinks reporters are playing a “dumb game” with Republican presidential candidates by asking whether they would vote for a Muslim for president.
“It is an absurd hypothetical question,” he said.