There is quite a bit of hubbub concerning Dr. Ben Carson stating, “I would not support having a Muslim as president.” Having served twice in a moderate Islamic country, I’m a little familiar with the religion. A devout Muslim believes in Sharia law, which is the law of their religion based on varying translations of the Koran. Sharia law is not compatible with our founding principles of a Judeo-Christian society and using the U.S. Constitution as the basis for our civil and criminal justice system.
Sharia law prohibits homosexuality, women in positions of authority and, in some countries, even driving. Sharia law does not recognize our civil law for divorce, it would change rules of criminal evidence and would permit severe corporal and capital punishment, such as severing limbs for some offenses and stoning. Under Sharia law, say goodbye to just about every cable channel such as HBO, Cinemax and 99 percent of all Hollywood motion pictures and most published books and magazines — and let’s not start on web sites.
What remains to be seen would be the degree of adherence to the Koran and Sharia law a supposed Muslim president would practice. This is why I think Dr. Carson said what he said. I believe he has a valid point. Just a few years ago, we would not be talking about this, but times have changed.
Phil Henning, Smithton