Columnist: Carson is correct — Sharia is inconsistent with U.S. Constitution |

Columnist: Carson is correct — Sharia is inconsistent with U.S. Constitution

James Kellogg
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Presidential candidate Ben Carson recently stated he would not support a Muslim for president unless that individual renounced Sharia law. Every U.S. president must affirm, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Sharia law is irreconcilable with that oath.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Dr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, was asked whether a presidential candidate’s religious faith should matter. He said, “If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter.”

In a subsequent interview on CNN, Carson clarified he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation” if that person was “not willing to reject Sharia.” He said, “If you accept all the tenets of Islam, you would have a very difficult time abiding under the Constitution of the United States.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which I and others consider a front group for radical Islam in the U.S., demanded that Carson withdraw from the presidential race. CAIR official Nezar Hamze said, “Terrorists are telling people they’re recruiting exactly what Ben Carson told the American people.”

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-California, asserts that efforts to ban adherence to Sharia law in the United States are based on hate and bigotry. Waters quoted Daniel Mach of the ACLU by saying, “Sharia equals Islam and Muslims and a vote against one is a vote against the other.”

Dr. Carson and most Americans aren’t against Islam; they’re opposed to “radical Islam,” which is manifested in Sharia. Polling commissioned last May by the Center for Security Policy indicates Americans have reason for concern. According to the poll, 51 percent of American Muslims favor adoption of a Sharia law system, separate from U.S. courts, to govern Muslims.

Article VI of the Constitution states, “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States … shall be the supreme Law of the Land, and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby.” Sharia declares, “The source of legal rulings for all acts of those who are morally responsible is Allah.” The Constitution is incompatible with theocracy.

The First Amendment stipulates, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Sharia holds to verse 4:89 of the Quran, which says, “If they turn back from Islam, take hold of them and kill them wherever you find them.” The Constitution is incompatible with religious intolerance.

Our First Amendment rights are further guaranteed by, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech or the press.” Sharia law forbids any insult to Allah or his prophet Mohamad. The Constitution is incompatible with limits on free speech.

The Fourteenth Amendment says, “nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law: nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Under Sharia Law, women, girls, apostates, homosexuals and blasphemers are denied legal equality. The Constitution is incompatible with institutionalized persecution, sexism and bigotry.

If polling is accurate and a majority of Muslims in America truly support implementing Sharia, every liberty-loving American should be concerned. As it stands today, universities and airports have spent taxpayer dollars to help Muslims comply with religious requirements, such as footbaths and prayer rooms. With politicians like Maxine Waters labeling those who adhere to the Founders’ Judeo-Christian based values as haters, it’s conceivable that Sharia law could garner incremental acceptance.

Americans are tolerant, and the idea of multiculturalism has taken firm root in our nation. Many on the political left see Sharia law as a Muslim religious prerogative that should be supported or at least tolerated. But Sharia stands in opposition to a critical observation by President George Washington. “The Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens.”

The Constitution of the United States is the framework of a government to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” It protects individual liberty by limiting government authority. Sharia law empowers theocracy over the individual, dictating religious faith and every other aspect of life. We all should join Dr. Carson and insist that every presidential candidate, Muslim or otherwise, reject Sharia.

James D. Kellogg is an engineering consultant and the author of “Radical Action: A Colt Kelley Thriller.” Look for the novel on and visit or email

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