Dr. Ben Carson was not wrong to say that a Muslim should not be put in charge of this nation.
He was wrong to answer the question in the first place, since it was clearly a ploy by an increasingly terrified media to make him look foolish at any cost. He was misguided to feed the subsequent frenzy by advising future presidents be sworn in on Bibles not Qur’āns, rather than challenge the media to engage him on matters of real substance, rather than gotcha-hypotheticals.
The media do seem to be backtracking, now that the initial orgy has subsided, by admitting there were numerous clarifying comments omitted from the discussion, and allowing him to consider the question in more detail when and if a Muslim runs for president.
But he wasn’t wrong: a Muslim should not be President of the United State, but not because of our biases, but because of his. The United States Constitution—as has been confirmed numerous times by Islamic experts—is incompatible with Šarīʿa, or shariya.
Islam, to be brief, does not allow one to pick and choose beliefs the way a liberal Christian can so easily (and readily) do. The degree to which you observe Šarīʿa, however, seems to be the difference between fundamentalist Islam, radical Islam, and mainstream Islam. In other words, jihâd is required; whether that’s tee-totaling in an increasingly party-oriented workplace or flying innocent civilians to their deaths in an airline, well, that’s dependent on how much you like living where you live.
But make no error: Šarīʿa doesn’t work with the Constitution of the United States. Allow the Czar to quote from Mark Spahn, of West Seneca, New York, who cites a “director of Islamic information” that 80% of the Constutuion is compatible with Šarīʿa:
The non-sharia-compliant 20 percent of the Constitution surely includes the Thirteenth Amendment (which abolishes possession by the right hand) and the Fourteenth Amendment (which gives kafirs equal legal status with Muslims), but it would be nice to have a complete list of which parts of the Constitution will need to be amended to bring it into full sharia compliance. For example, constitutional scholars will be curious about your views on the Ninth Amendment and its compatibility with the Islamic dictum that “none has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone….”
This is not exaggerated for comedic effect. Indeed, his examples are genuine points of concern in Islamic legal issues.
And how does the Left respond? By putting Huma Abedin out there to say:
You can be a proud American, a proud Muslim, and proudly serve this great country. Pride versus prejudice.
— Huma Abedin (@HumaAbedin) September 21, 2015
Ms. Abedin’s patriotism is not the issue here, but her faith is. It is highly unlikely that reasonable numbers of Muslims look at her uncovered hair, unconventional lifestyle, marriage to a Jew, and so on, as proof of her Islamic pride. She is a highly visible apostate, and an apostate has no ability to comment on Šarīʿa. These are not our rules; these are Islam’s. Ms. Abedin is no more qualified to speak for Islam than we are.
Frankly, Ms. Abedin is better qualified to speak as an American. She is a successful, influential woman who married someone outside of her faith, and thinks for herself. There’s nothing more American than that. The Czar is curious if she really, if it came time to swing the lever, vote for a Muslim candidate that would seek to reverse her lifestyle to one compatible with Šarīʿa.
Our point is that she could do it if the candidate believed in equal rights for women, free expression of other religions, the rights of Jews, equal opportunity under the law, and all the things that made her successful. Of course, such a candidate would not be Muslim by any definition accepted by Islam.
Of course, Dr. Carson could have won a bunch of Trumpeters over by saying “Would I vote for a Muslim running for president? I didn’t the last two times.” We’d still be talking about that one.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.