Remember when Republican presidential contender Ben Carson said that he “wouldn’t advocate” for a Muslim President?
It turns out he had a pretty legitimate reason for his concern.
When asked if Sharia law should supersede the Constitution of the United States, most of the Muslims approached by David Webb for a “man on the street” style interview during Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Wednesday said it would.
Sharia – cited in Muslim countries as the justification for limiting women’s rights, outlawing homosexuality, and limiting the practice of other religions – is not generally compatible with the many enumerated and implied rights in the Constitution.
But that apparently doesn’t give some Muslims any concern about supporting a Sharia-based government in America.
Most of the respondents seemed to show clear support for putting Sharia above the Constitution in importance.
“Do you support putting Sharia above the Constitution?” Webb asked.
“Yes,” one replied.
“Maybe in the future,” another responded.
A handful of Muslims approached seemed to understand that the Constitution allows for a religious freedom that is simply not recognized in Sharia, saying it is important to keep America tolerant of everyone’s religious beliefs.
“So you believe the Constitution should remain the law of the land?” Webb asked one respondent after being told that it actually preserves Muslims’ rights to believe as they wish.
“It helps to protect our Sharia,” he explained.
But others clearly disagreed.
“The Constitution is made by people, but Sharia law is made by Allah. That is all the way above,” one man told Webb. “Not just for America, but for the whole world it should be above.”
Judging by the results of Webb’s report, Carson’s concerns over a Muslim in the White House don’t seem misplaced. In fact, given that America was founded on the idea of divorcing civil matters from religious rulers, his concerns actually seem quite justified.
… Even if those concerns are politically incorrect to say on national television.