Do you agree with Ben Carson?

ben-carson-facebookPresidential Candidate Ben Carson was recently interviewed on one of the Sunday news shows and asked if he could support a Muslim for President. He not only said “No,” but that he “would not advocate putting a Muslim in charge of this nation.” He then attempted to certify that was his position unless they clearly embraced our Constitution and “American values.”

Why did he make that distinction? Because traditional Muslims submit to a church/state theocracy, Islamic Sharia Law, that requires they surrender to its principles and practices above any national constitution and sees those who don’t agree with them and submit to its ideology as infidels, worthy of death. Sharia’s harsh demands and negative disciplines on gays, women and the subjugation of other religions are fundamentally incompatible with democracy and basic freedoms—just review how any of these concerns are handled in any of the Sharia-compliant, Muslim-dominated countries. Dr. Carson said he could not advocate for such an adherent to be President of the United States.

Of course, our “P.C. Culture”-commentators see Dr. Carson’s point as being bigoted and intolerant. After all, they say, Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution contains this prohibition of a “religious test”:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

However, that prohibition is actually about the government not imposing a religious test after an election. Holding an office at the state or federal level cannot require a specific religion or lack thereof. Dr. Carson simply said, in response to a posed question, that he could not advocate nor vote for a Muslim to be President. In the same way, some on the left may not vote for Dr. Carson, because of his personal positions or religious ideology. This is how democracy is to work in America! And, consideration of candidates’ faith and values should influence voting.

Several days later, Ben Carson sought to clarify his position by reiterating: “Anyone who is running for president should embrace the Constitution and should place it above their personal beliefs. Anyone who can’t do that should not be running for the presidency.”

I agree. How about you?

 

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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