Ben Carson Gets it Right– a President Cannot Uphold the Constitution and be a Practicing Muslim

Ben Carson has created headlines with his statement in answer to a hypothetical question of whether he would support the idea of a Muslim in the White House.  He has also stated that he could support a Muslim if that person was loyal to the Constitution over sharia law. (I am paraphrasing.)

CAIR, in their characteristic fashion, has asked Carson to drop out of the race.

As the days pass, it seems the issue is continuing. I hope so. I hope CAIR keeps beating that drum. There are millions of people out there who are not knowledgeable about the issue. This is an excellent opportunity to air out the issues, especially with the prospect of our government bringing about a hundred thousand refugees from war-torn Syria, Iraq and who knows where else.

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Previously, Bobby Jindal has made comments about the issue. He is clearly concerned about militant Islam. However, his campaign has gained no traction, so his words have been largely lost. Carson is different.

Of course, Hillary Clinton tweeted out her response to this saying to the question of a Muslim in the White House- “In a word, yes.”

Ben Carson – The “Likelihood is Strong” that He’ll Run for President!Mrs. Clinton must have forgotten her 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination against Barack Obama. It was people in her campaign that reportedly raised the issue of where he was born. Two Iowa staffers had to resign over that flap. (The issue is disputed.)

But back to Carson. In interviews with Fox News, he has expanded his remarks and mentioned sharia law, which he says (correctly) has some tenets that are not compatible with US law and the Constitution.

Oh, you want examples? First of all, there are provisions that describe the rights of women and non-Muslims under sharia. In both cases, it is clear that they are not equal to men and Muslims respectively.

But here is where it becomes more interesting. There is a section of sharia called hudud sharia, which deals with punishments for “crimes against God”.  Adultery, homosexual acts, apostasy and blasphemy are punishable by death.

Please tell me how that conforms to the Constitution.

But is this an issue that could hurt Carson’s campaign, and, by association, the other Republican candidates? I don’t think so. I would hope the other candidates, like Jindal will come to Carson’s defense. As long as the issue is handled in a responsible way that does not demonize all Muslims-particularly American Muslims, I think the majority of the public will support Carson.

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About the author

Gary Fouse

Born 1945 in Los Angeles. Currently employed since 1998 as adjunct teacher at University of California at Irvine Ext. teaching English as a second language.
Education: BS in Police Science and Administration California State University at Los Angeles (1970)
Master of Education at University of Virginia (1993)
Served three years in US Army Military Police Corps at Erlangen, Germany 1966-68.
1970-1973- Criminal Investigator with US Customs
1973-1995 Criminal Investigator with Drug Enforcement Administration. Stationed in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Milan, Italy, Pittsburgh and Office of Training, FBI Academy, Quantico, Va until retirement.
Author of Erlangen-An American's History of a German Town-University Press of America 2005
The Story of Papiamentu-A Study in Slavery and Language, University Press of America, 2002
The Languages of the Former Soviet Republics-Their History and Development, University Press of America, 2000

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