One of the leading Republican nominees for 2016, Dr. Ben Carson, created quite a stir last week when he said during a television interview that a person of the Muslim faith should not be the president of the United States. In all fairness to Dr. Carson, he later clarified and went into better detail about what he meant by his statement. Nevertheless, this is a particular topic that made me think; would I support a Muslim candidate for president who has super ideas about how to fix the economy, create jobs, is a strong leader and appears to be the answer to what this country needs?
To generalize any type of faith as being unfit to hold the office of the president is really being a bit ridiculous. There are many strong Muslim leaders in our country who are very successful, bright individuals who are more than capable of being good presidents. A person does not necessarily have to be a strong devout Christian to be able to run this country. Just look at Jimmy Carter, here is a guy with strong Christian beliefs who turned out to be a lousy president, one of the worst this country has ever seen. I believe a person who practices any type of faith as a United States citizen should not be eliminated for consideration of being president.
Having said those things, suppose some Muslim candidate decided to run for the president of the United States who wanted to instill Sharia law in this country and eliminate the United States constitution. This is why I am very leary of supporting a Muslim candidate for the president. If that scenario happens to occur, I would move to Canada in a heartbeat! Many of our rights that have made our country such a great country to live in for so many years would be totally gone. Women would be treated as second class citizens. Gays and lesbians would face prison and possible death under Sharia law. A Muslim running for office could say all the right things during his or her campaign speech and get people sucked in before they start to transform the country. Imagine the anger in this country if some president decided to install Sharia law in this country? It would be this country’s worst nightmare! Under Islamic law, people of other faiths need to change their faith to Islam or face death. How is that going to work out when a majority of people in this country are of the Christian faith?
Of course, some of these scenarios being thought of as being a little extreme, but the possibilities are there. How can a person who practices a faith that largely goes against western values be considered for president? Will they respect the Constitution and the religious rights of others? We are lectured constantly about respecting their rights, will he or she respect ours and not try to transform this nation? These are some of my questions and concerns that I have about electing a Muslim president.
If a Muslim president decided to adhere to our ways and lifestyles, they would certainly be a target of radical Muslims around the world. I even believe that a United States Muslim president could be an effective person to bridge the growing division between Muslims and non-Muslims around the world. Perhaps, unlike many Muslim leaders, he or she would have the courage to stand up against violent Islamic extremism around the world.
Would I personally support a Muslim president, possibly. If it is proven that they can respect and not change the rights and ways of life for so many people in this country, I would have no problem. Somehow, I would feel much better with electing a Christian candidate who can better relate to a larger percentage of people in this country.