Should anyone with any belief system be president?

Vying for the highest office in the land isn’t a free-for-all when it comes to candidates’ values.  If their vision is not anchored to our Constitution, with liberty at its core, they can transform this country into something unrecognizable.  America will cease to be America.  Indeed, that is what is unfolding under Barack Obama.

So a candidate’s values are essential.  If those values stem from one’s religious beliefs, fine.  The central concern is that they be in line with our Constitution.  And Islam is way out of alignment with our Constitution, because Islam is a totalitarian ideology that mandates world domination.  Toward that end, all non-believers (and a hefty dose of believers) must be forced to live as second-class citizens (at best) or be killed.

Islam is a political as well as a theological system, with tyranny at its core.

And so Ben Carson’s statement this weekend about the presidency, the Constitution, Islam, Muslims, and faith was a statement of truth.  Here’s a transcript of the exchange between Chuck Todd and Ben Carson from Sunday’s Meet the Press program:

CT: Let me wrap this up by finally dealing with what’s been going on [with] Donald Trump and an interview with a questioner that claimed that the president was Muslim. Let me ask you the question this way. Should a president’s faith matter? Should your faith matter to voters?

BC: Well, I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it is inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. If it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the constitution, I have no problem.

CT: So do you believe that Islam is consistent with the constitution?

BC: No, I don’t. I do not. I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.

Todd’s question became a vehicle for Carson to express something important.  He made the point that faith matters because central to one’s faith is a set of values.  And it’s problematic, to say the least, if those values are not in line with the Constitution.  More specifically, Carson rightfully noted that the tenets of Islam are not consistent with our Constitution.  Therefore, he could not advocate for a Muslim to be president.

Predictably, this has caused a major uproar.  But why?  As noted at the outset of this piece, running for president (or being president, for that matter) is not an anything-goes arrangement.  We have founding principles that must be upheld.

The only potential sticking point is this: as with all religions, Muslims have varying degrees of religious adherence.  Some follow Islamic law exactly as it is written, while others are less observant, while still others have never read the Quran.  The problem is that one can never know what is at the heart of any Muslim’s beliefs.  And when you consider the taqiyya factor, it’s prudent to be cautious about Muslims in government positions at any level.

Which brings me to the next question.

CT: And would you ever consider voting for a Muslim for Congress?

BC: Congress is a different story, but it depends on who that Muslim is and what their policies are, just as it depends on what anybody else is. You know, if there’s somebody who’s of any faith, but they say things and their life has been consistent with things that will elevate this nation and make it possible for everybody to succeed and bring peace and harmony, then I’m with them.

In light of Carson’s prior response, this answer made no sense.  If Carson has the concerns he initially stated about Islam’s incompatibility with our Constitution, those concerns should carry over to Congress as well.  (Speaking of which, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here for information on two Muslim converts in Congress, Andre Muslims-don’t-have-a-monopoly-on-extremism Carson and Keith Muslim-Brotherhood-funded-Hajj Ellison.)

But there was one more question for Ben Carson. Apparently no interview these days is complete without the president-is-a-Christian litmus test.

Chuck Todd: And I take it you believe the president was born in the United States and he’s a Christian.

Ben Carson: I believe that he is. I have no reason to doubt what he says.

Carson could have focused on how, among other things, irrespective of whatever religion Obama claims to follow, he appears to be an Islamophile, which has put us in grave danger.

But Carson’s answer to the first question on faith, Islam, and the Constitution was a start.  I hope he doesn’t apologize or back down.  The truth must told.  The sooner, and by as many people with access to the bullhorn, the better.