08 Mar DR. BEN CARSON’S DECLARATION THAT HE WOULD NOT SUPPORT A MUSLIM PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
Dr. Ben Carson said on a recent news show that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” He went on to explain that the tenets of Islam, including sharia law, cannot be squared with the Bill of Rights under the US Constitution.
A firestorm of left-wing condemnation immediately descended on Dr. Carson—including calls by CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) and other Islamic groups for Carson to get out of the race for the GOP nomination for President.
Dr. Carson doubled-down in this personal posting on his Facebook page:
“The first issue I want to deal with tonight is the stories today about my comments yesterday when I was asked if I would support a hypothetical Muslim candidate for President. I responded “I would not advocate for that” and I went on to say that many parts of Sharia law are incompatible with the Constitution. I was immediately attacked by some of my Republican peers and by nearly every Democrat alive. Know this, I meant exactly what I said. I could never support a candidate for President of the United States who was Muslim and had not renounced the central tenet of Islam: Sharia Law.
Those Republicans who take issue with my position are amazing. Under Islamic Law, homosexuals – men and women alike – must be killed. Women must be subservient. And people following other religions must be killed. I know there are many peaceful Muslims who do not adhere to these beliefs. But until these tenets are fully renounced…I cannot advocate any Muslim candidate for President.
Dr. Carson has courageously taken on what may prove to be the singular issue of our time: the place of Islam in America. America’s overwhelmingly Judeo-Christian heritage has indirectly led society-wide to a shallow and superficial understanding of Islam. Americans would prefer to believe George W. Bush when he said Islam is a ‘religion of peace’; they would prefer to believe that all religions that somehow trace back to Abraham are generally reconcilable and compatible; they would prefer to adopt a ‘live and let live’ posture toward any religion they don’t understand.
These are head-in-the-sand attitudes that must not continue. It is vital that more Americans come up the learning curve on the actual theology or teachings of Islam. When they do, they will discover that Dr. Carson was and is right. And for all the vitriol directed at him, none that we have seen even remotely attempts to contradict the substance of what he said: that Islam presents a totalitarian union of church and state, and sharia law compels violent behavior that is inimical to western civilization.
We commend Dr. Carson for his courage; for introducing a subject that deserves intelligent examination and informed consideration. This issue is not going away, and the survival of America as a Constitutional Republic depends on Americans rising to understand the uniqueness of America’s founding ideas, and finding the willingness to be compassionate yet firm in rejecting jihad, sharia and any notion of a caliphate in America.
At Ladies, Can We Talk?, we have spoken and written much on this subject. If anyone believes that ignoring this issue is an option, consider these words from Omar Ahmad, the founder of CAIR:
Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.