Dr. Ben Carson Highlights Major American Problem
by Bill Lockwood
I am thankful for Dr. Ben Carson. He has highlighted a major problem in America. The lack of critical thinking. In answering a hypothetical question pertaining to whether a Muslim could be president of the United States, Carson responded, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” For that answer he has been savaged by the press. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called for an apology as well as for Carson to drop out of the presidential race. The executive director of CAIR, Nihad Awad, cited Article 6 of the Constitution which states that no religious test will be conducted for office-holders.
The Main-Stream Media (MSM) continues to beat the drum of multiculturalism that we all should be one big happy family where everyone is the same as everybody else and all cultures and “religions” are equally valid.
CAIR is actually taking advantage of America’s cultural decline whereby critical thinking and rational argument and debate is nearly outlawed due to political correctness. As Bill Warner of politicalIslam.com warns, “Today critical thinking is condemned since it involves looking at all sides of a question. Currently, in our culture, any position that violates that multicultural model is declared evil. Instead we are supposed to view the government/university/media position as Truth-From-Above” (Factual Persuasion, 5).
No Religious Test?
Ted Cruz and Andrew Napolitano weighed in on the issue by agreeing with Awad’s assessment that the Constitution does not make a “religious test.” They do not agree, of course, that Carson should “drop out of the race.” Businesswoman Carly Fiorina voiced the same concern regarding a “religious test.” On the Constitution they are correct—no religious test. But that is the very issue. Religion is a very small part of Islam. Instead, Islam is a political system of world subjugation imposing Sharia law on its subject nations. This is the heart of Islam. To reference the “no religious test” of the Constitution is to side-step the real issue.
Lindsey Graham, Senator from South Carolina, was even more critical of Carson, saying that Carson’s statement shows is that he is “not ready to be commander-in-chief.” No, what it shows is Graham’s ignorance of the facts of Islam. Graham entertains a fundamental misunderstanding of Islam. Islam is a political system akin to communism. Religion has very little to do with it. There is no freedom of speech in Islam, no freedom of religion. “When Mohammed died, there was not a single person left in Arabia who disagreed with him. Intellectual subservience to Mohammed/Islam was total. The Sharia denies freedom of expression. Islam tolerates discussion of Islam only when it is getting started and is politically weak” (Warner).
When Mohammed remained a preacher of religion – marking times of day for prayer, etc.—Islam grew at a rate of about 10 Muslims per year. This was when he was in Mecca. Being driven from that city, he traveled to Medina and there adopted a different strategy. A POLITICAL ONE. Violent jihad became the name of the game and Islam grew at the rate of about 10,000 per year and he finally conquered Mecca with his warriors. Political violence and strategy for war, including deception, is the major component of Islam. Pamela Geller has correctly and courageously stated about the Ben Carson flap, “But we (and Mr. Carson) are not talking about the religious component of Islam. Islam is not just a religion. It is a comprehensive system which deals with all aspects of human life and behavior; legal, religious, dietary, political, et al. It is political Islam that poses a threat to our national security.”
I hope that the Ben Carson comments might cause Americans to do some real critical thinking and questioning of Islam instead of allowing government and academia to do their thinking for them. Average Americans seem to sense the reality of the situation. Viewing Islamic history for the past millennium and a half in which the followers of Muhammad butchered their way across the Middle East and Europe does not square with the politically-correct “Islam is a ‘religion of peace’” chant by our cultural leaders. Islam is not a religion as much as it is a political force and “peace” is betrayed by the edge of Mohammed’s own sword. No, a follower of Muhammad does not belong in the White House nor in political office in America.