Would Ben Carson Be OK if He Said a Pagan Goat Blood Drinker Should Not be President?

When Ben Carson said a Muslim should not be President, he got all sorts of enraged responses. So what about this Florida Senate candidate?

As soon as Ben Carson said he didn’t think a Muslim should be the President of the United States he was accused of violating the Constitution because it says there is “no religious test.”

OK, what about this guy, as reported by the Associated Press: “Senate candidate’s goat sacrifice, talk of war with government disrupts Florida Libertarians.”

Two years ago, Augustus Sol Invictus walked from central Florida to the Mojave Desert and spent a week fasting and praying, at times thinking he wouldn’t survive. In a pagan ritual to give thanks when he returned home, he killed a goat and drank its blood.

Now that he’s a candidate for U.S. Senate, the story is coming back to bite him.

The chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida has resigned to call attention to Invictus’ candidacy in hopes that other party leaders will denounce him. Adrian Wyllie, who was the Libertarian candidate for governor last year, says Invictus wants to lead a civil war, is trying to recruit neo-Nazis to the party and brutally and sadistically dismembered a goat.

It’s an awkward situation for the small party that’s trying to gain clout.

“He is the absolute exact opposite of a Libertarian. He’s a self-proclaimed fascist. He’s promoting a second civil war,” Wyllie said. “It’s absolute insanity. We must explain to people this is the opposite of Libertarians. This guy has no place in the Libertarian Party.”

Invictus, a 32-year-old lawyer who changed his given name — which he declines to reveal — to a Latin phrase that means “majestic unconquered sun,” says Wyllie is just running a smear campaign and is twisting his words into lies. No, he says, he’s not a white supremacist, pointing out his four children are Hispanic — though he acknowledges that some white supremacists support his campaign. No, he says he isn’t trying to start a civil war, but he says the government already is at war with its citizens and that it’s certain to escalate.

“The only question is when are the citizens going to start fighting back?” he said in a phone interview Friday. “I don’t think I’m the only person who sees a cataclysm coming, but I think I’m the only person saying it, and I think that scares people.”

Sacrifice? Yes. Brutal and sadistic? Not according to Invictus.

“I did sacrifice a goat. I know that’s probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans,” he said. “I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness … Yes, I drank the goat’s blood.”

Yum.

So, does the Constitution’s prohibition on religious tests mean that no one is permitted to say that a pagan goat blood drinker should not be President of the United States?

Is any Presidential candidate who expresses such an opinion (savor the irony!) disqualified from the presidency and morally obligated to resign from the race?

Political correctness for the sake of Pluralism is not consistent. It can’t be consistent.