Muslims on Shariah Law and the Constitution

Islam_Shariah_ConstitutionSince 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson recently said he would not support a fundamentalist Muslim for president, the “mainstream” media and the rest of the Left has engaged in its usual round of bashing of Christianity and conservatism–you know, traditional American values.

But Sean Hannity went straight “to the horses mouth” to find out whether Muslims at an Islamic cultural center in New York City believed Shariah law supersedes the U.S. Constitution.  Remember, these are not Muslims living in an Islamic country, but Muslims living in the United States who have been exposed for some time to our constitutional principles and our way of life.

Some, to their credit,  answered correctly. Others, however…

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Shariah law is made by god, by Allah, and the constitution is made by people, so it’s not the same.

Question: Do you believe Shariah law should be above the constitution?

Answer: Yes
Question: Should Shariah law be over the U.S. Constitution?

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Answer: Yes

The U.s. Constitution is made by people, and the Shariah law is made by Allah, so that is to be all the way above. That has to be definitely, in the land, not for American but for the whole world, it would be above. [So that should be above the U.S. Constitution?] Definitely, yes.

Consider, too, the Islamic doctrine of taqiyya, which teaches that is is permissible to lie and deceive in the defense of and advancement of Islam. That makes it rather difficult to accept at face value even the statement of a Muslim that he believes the Constitution takes legal precedence in the United States. Is he honestly telling you his opinion…or is he practicing taqiyya?

When one examines the fundamental teachings of Islam and Christianity and how they relate to law and government, it becomes clear that there is great tension between the tenets of Islam and the principles of the U.S. Constitution.  That tension does not exist, however, with Christianity.

You see, you can be a Christian and still fully, totally, 100% uphold the U.S. Constitution because the U.S. Constitution was written by Christians based on Christian principles.

The U.S. Constitution is completely compatible with Christian principles because it is based on Christian principles.

The U.S. Constitution is not compatible with Islam, and Islam is not compatible with the U.S. Constitution because not only is the U.S. Constitution not based on Islamic principles, Islamic principles are contrary to the U.S. Constitution and to the Christian principles upon which the U.S. Constitution is based.

Christianity recognizes that you cannot compel genuine religious fealty, and that every person has a free will to be exercised for or against certain religious beliefs, and so every person is entitled to the religious liberty to decide for themselves their own religious beliefs.  Islam requires that all people submit to Islam, and that the unbeliever can be rightfully and property relegated to second-class citizenship, or even killed.

While there was a time in early America when voting rights were tied to property ownership, and there were even some who believed women were not entitled to all the legal rights that men enjoyed, Christian doctrine has always taught that men and women have equal value before God. In fundamentalist Islamic countries however, even today, women often cannot hold jobs outside the home, cannot drive, cannot receive a higher education, are viewed as property, can be beaten, have their genitals mutilated, or even be put to death.

Christianity recognizes that human beings are flawed, fallen beings that are susceptible to corruption, and since government is made up of people, government must be limited in order to protect liberty.  Islam teaches the supremacy of Islamic-based government in every area of life; in fundamentalist Muslim nations, we find the antithesis of limited government.

As is the case with all religions, under the religious freedom afforded thanks to the U.S. Constitution, people of all religions are welcome in the United States and are free to practice their religion…so long as that religious practice does not violate the tenets established by the U.S. Constitution on interpersonal behavior.  Religious freedom does not extend to practicing human sacrifice, or to beating another human being, or to denying another human being the same legal rights and protections that every other person in America enjoys.

If a Muslim can abide by the U.S. Constitution, they are welcome in the United States.  And according to the U.S. Constitution, there is no legal religious test that would exclude them from serving as president or in any other elected office.

However, there is no requirement that any American cannot or should not use their own judgment about whether or not a candidate’s religious beliefs makes that candidate more or less likely to uphold the American values of the U.S. Constitution.

In fact, an American who calls themselves a Christian, and who should have assumed enough responsibility to become familiar with the basic tenets of their own religion and with the tenets of their nation’s highest law, would be downright reckless and immoral to fail to consider a candidate’s religious beliefs (whether the candidate is a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew, a Christian, an atheist, a fake Christian, or whatever) in light of whether they could best fulfill an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution.

“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest, of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” – John Jay, co-author of the Federalist Papers and first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court



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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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  • DCM7

    Someone please tell me: By what logic does any given non-Muslim American consider Islam more acceptable than Christianity?