No. Not President Obama. He is not our first Muslim PotUS. But would Americans ever elect a president who harbors Islam as his spiritual anchor (as opposed to political)?
Ben Carson has been all the buzz since his Meet the Press appearance Sunday morning:
Responding to a question on “Meet the Press,” the retired neurosurgeon said, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”
He also said that Islam, as a religion, is incompatible with the Constitution.
a president’s faith should matter depending on what that faith is. “If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter,” he clarified.
When asked if a candidate’s faith should matter to voters, Carson said, “I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter.” When asked if he thought Islam is consistent with the Constitution, Carson said, “No, I don’t, I do not.”
Watts acknowledged that Carson’s comments had generated controversy but said “this has taken on a little bit of a life of its own.”
“Dr. Carson is a strict adherent to the First Amendment — freedom of religion. That includes people of all faith,” Watts said. “He has great respect for the Muslim community, but there is a huge gulf between the faith and practice of the Muslim faith, and our Constitution and American values.
“That can be disputed,” Watts continued. “That can be debated. But there’s pretty strong evidence to that effect.”
Another doctor- Zuhdi Jasser- gave his perspective on Fox & Friends:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPpKXbipaHw
Whereas our two Democrat Muslim congressmen were outraged, Jasser holds no animosity toward Carson’s statement; and he draws a distinction between Islamist values and Islam. Certainly, not all American-Muslims wish for Sharia to replace the U.S. Constitution; nor in regards to Sharia in general, do all Muslims apply it in the same way. Sharia is not a uniform concept amongst different Muslim groups.
“If you can find me a Muslim candidate who is a Republican, who will fight hard to protect religious liberty, who will respect the Judeo-Christian heritage of America, who will be committed to destroying ISIS and radical Islam, who will condemn cultures that treat women as second-class citizens and who will place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution, then yes, I will be happy to consider voting for him or her,”
It’s simpler than that.
For myself, the issue really is quite simple and boils down to this: Article VI in the U.S. Constitution:
“….no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
“You know, the Constitution specifies there shall be no religious test for public office and I am a constitutionalist,” Cruz said on Iowa public television. He also again declined to weigh in on President Barack Obama’s faith, saying it was a matter between him and God. Carson, for the record, did acknowledge on MtP that Obama is a Christian.
Graham goes a bit further and into attack mode:
Earlier Sunday, Graham reacted to Carson’s remarks on Twitter by claiming the doctor “is not ready to be Commander-In-Chief. America is an idea, not owned by a particular religion.”
The presidential hopeful further called on Carson to apologize to American Muslims, arguing that although Carson was a “good doctor,” he was “clearly not prepared to lead a great nation.”
CAIR is calling for Carson to step down as presidential candidate. That’s ridiculous.
American voters are at liberty to support or disqualify choosing who to elect as PotUS for any number and variety of reasons- including a prejudice toward sexual orientation, race, taste in music, political ideology, and yes, religion- whether it be atheism, Mormonism, Roman Catholicism, Scientology, Wiccan, or Islam.
So FA readers, would you ever vote for a
Mormon Muslim in the White House?