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Could there be a Muslim president? (Would you vote for one?)
Associated Baptist Press ^ | 01/15/2012 | Zachary Bailes

Posted on 01/15/2012 10:25:18 AM PST by SeekAndFind

With the New Hampshire primaries behind the GOP and South Carolina on the horizon, Mitt Romney seems the likely presidential candidate. Perhaps surprisingly, Romney’s Mormonism has yet to be a major stumbling block, and as time passes it doesn’t appear that it will become a hindrance.

But let’s consider another question. Could America vote for a Muslim?

Say a Muslim arrived on the scene with powerful and equitable ideas and challenged the status quo. Perhaps doubts are cast that a Muslim could actually become president, but the same was once said about Catholics and people of color.

One stumbling block to the potential Muslim candidate would be that many people think America is a “Christian nation.” At one time even this would have been questioned. If you had said to the predecessors to what would become the United States that “America is a Puritan nation” they likely would have agreed.

Simply put, there very well could come a day when a president who prays to Allah sits in the Oval Office. As Christian privilege slowly erodes due to tidal waves of globalization and pluralism, America’s hope is that religious differences will not erode but become respected. This is thanks in large part to the Constitution.

Just this week the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower court order striking down an Oklahoma constitutional amendment that would prevent state courts from considering Sharia law. The decision is based not on respect for Muslim tradition, but rather for the First Amendment -- the same First Amendment that protected Baptists early in the American experience.

If anyone should be the greatest allies with Muslims in America, it is Baptists. Yet time after time many Baptists lead the charge against religious differences, even at the risk of harming their own self-interest. Many Baptists have kowtowed to political power in order to protect their power and privilege, in the process sacrificing their prophetic voice.

As Roger Williams stated in The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution for Cause of Conscience, “the blood of so many hundred thousand souls of Protestants and papists, spilled in the wars of present and former ages for their respective consciences, is not required nor accepted by Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace.”

A truly Christian nation not only imposes no formal religion on its citizens but also fosters freedom to express one’s own conscience – Muslim, Mormon or whatever.

-- Zachary Bailes is an M.Div. student at Wake Forest University Divinity School. He is editor of Those Crazy Liberals … and Conservatives and a contributor for Progressive Christian Alliance .


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: islam; muslim; muslimpresident; president
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1 posted on 01/15/2012 10:25:25 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

(Would you vote for one?)

A snowball stands a better chance in the flames of hell.


2 posted on 01/15/2012 10:26:19 AM PST by Grunthor (I am a conservative, neither half of the one party represents my views.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought we already got the 0ne we were waiting for.


3 posted on 01/15/2012 10:27:00 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Dittto


4 posted on 01/15/2012 10:27:54 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected.)
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To: Paladin2

RE: I thought we already got the 0ne we were waiting for.

OK< let’s ask ourselves a different and more specific question — Could a person who HONESTLY and OPENLY calls himself a Muslim be President of the USA?


5 posted on 01/15/2012 10:28:41 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s name is Hussein, and no, I would not vote for it.


6 posted on 01/15/2012 10:29:04 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind

There already is one. He may not be seen walking into the Mosque but he is a Muslim.


7 posted on 01/15/2012 10:29:58 AM PST by liberalh8ter (I don't like what the world has become....)
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To: SeekAndFind

What part of “Hussein” don’t you understand?


8 posted on 01/15/2012 10:29:58 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem. meum)
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To: Paladin2

I thought we already got the 0ne we were waiting for. I was going to say but don’t we already have one?


9 posted on 01/15/2012 10:30:57 AM PST by tallyhoe
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To: SeekAndFind

Strange question; would I vote for a muslim to be president? The answer is no, not under any circumstances given the structure and history of their beliefs and systems which are contrary to those of the highest forms of Western Civilization, i.e., democracy, capitalism and Judeo-Christianity. In fact, their beliefs are to destroy those bases of our systems and replace them with their own. I wouldn’t vote for a nazi or communist either, given their beliefs/systems are enemies of Western Civilization as well, which is why we fought to destroy them, and which is why we are at war with islam too, like it,or believe it, or not.


10 posted on 01/15/2012 10:31:11 AM PST by john drake (Roman military maxim; "oderint dum metuant," i.e., "let them hate, as long as they fear.")
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To: SeekAndFind

I will NEVER vote for any Muslim for president. That’s like the sheep debating the wolves what’s for dinner.

When they have the numbers, they WILL try to establish a caliphate here. All the ethnic and religious cleansing that is happening against Christians in the ME and Africa will happen here.

Because of the radicals in their ranks (you know, the ones that aren’t afraid to say what’s on their minds and act on it) we have had our freedoms curtailed and lives disrupted. To hades with them, I say.


11 posted on 01/15/2012 10:31:31 AM PST by Molon Labbie (End the War On Drugs, Restore the Constitution.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Muhammad is a minion of SATAN.
12 posted on 01/15/2012 10:31:54 AM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not unless you can find one who is a strict constitutionalist first but that’s a pretty tall order. I think the only muslim I would turn my back on at this point is Zhudi Jasser and he’s a muslim muslim basher.


13 posted on 01/15/2012 10:31:57 AM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Five years ago I probably would have said yes. Now, no way.


14 posted on 01/15/2012 10:33:02 AM PST by DManA
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To: SeekAndFind

53% of the votes were cast for one a few years back.

How many of those votes were legitimate is an exercise for another thread...


15 posted on 01/15/2012 10:33:08 AM PST by null and void (Day 1089 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: SeekAndFind

Romney is a minion of SATAN.


16 posted on 01/15/2012 10:33:27 AM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Islam is sedition.


17 posted on 01/15/2012 10:33:33 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

We already have one. Why would anyone want to vote for another one?


18 posted on 01/15/2012 10:33:54 AM PST by MizSterious (Apparently, there's no honor when it comes to someone else's retirement funds.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No muslim, no mormon.


19 posted on 01/15/2012 10:35:08 AM PST by FishinTX
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To: SeekAndFind
(Would you vote for one?)

No, we are a Christian nation.

Let the mooselimbs run one of the country's that islam has already destroyed.

20 posted on 01/15/2012 10:35:08 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would never vote for one. Shariah law is incompatible with our Constitution on the most basic levels, and any muslim is bound by his religion to spread Shariah.


21 posted on 01/15/2012 10:35:27 AM PST by A_perfect_lady (Anyone opposed to Newt should remember: we're not electing a messiah, we're electing a politician.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I already didn’t.


22 posted on 01/15/2012 10:36:07 AM PST by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I suspect a lot of Obama voters did not know he was a muslim. Now we all know he is a muslim. Those who vote for Obama in 2012 will be perfectly aware that they are voting for a muslim.


23 posted on 01/15/2012 10:36:11 AM PST by abclily
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To: SeekAndFind

never


24 posted on 01/15/2012 10:37:00 AM PST by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: SeekAndFind

BTW “Progressive Christian Alliance” = oxymoron.


25 posted on 01/15/2012 10:37:21 AM PST by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: liberalh8ter

He’s waiting until after the election to walk into a mosque, win or lose. And, it won’t be the first time.


26 posted on 01/15/2012 10:38:40 AM PST by mia
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To: SeekAndFind

On 9/11/01 I learned all I’ll ever need to know about Muslims. The answer to your question is a resounding “H*LL NO!”


27 posted on 01/15/2012 10:38:59 AM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: SeekAndFind

NO, the only good Muslim (never mind).


28 posted on 01/15/2012 10:39:48 AM PST by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes, Americans are not having children at the same rate as muslims, and our rulers allow muslims to migrate here in large numbers. Also, Americans by and large have no spine and will go peacefully in to giving the socialists and the muslims what they want.

We are becoming a country of yoked sheep, slaving on the fields to feed our masters. AMericans are allowing 20% off the people to rule 80% and have not the courage to change it.


29 posted on 01/15/2012 10:40:39 AM PST by stockpirate (Romney, Ann Coulture & our ruling republican elites, are Big Government socialists,)
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To: SeekAndFind

we’ve already got a muslim President.... we are just waiting for him to come out of the closet.


30 posted on 01/15/2012 10:41:56 AM PST by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: SeekAndFind

We already have one.


31 posted on 01/15/2012 10:42:22 AM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: SeekAndFind

we already have one. OBAMA.


32 posted on 01/15/2012 10:43:14 AM PST by television is just wrong
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To: SeekAndFind; rmlew

There already is one, and I didn’t vote for it.


33 posted on 01/15/2012 10:43:14 AM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: SeekAndFind

we already have one. OBAMA.


34 posted on 01/15/2012 10:43:14 AM PST by television is just wrong
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To: Minutemen
we are just waiting for him to come out of the closet.

My guess is that isn't the only closet that will have it's door opened....Just sayin'

35 posted on 01/15/2012 10:44:55 AM PST by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Muslim idea of democracy is;
One Man
One Vote
One Time.
We already seem to have that.


36 posted on 01/15/2012 10:45:52 AM PST by steve8714 (Hitchens was wrong.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This must be a joke, satire, etc.


37 posted on 01/15/2012 10:47:27 AM PST by Digger (If RINO is your selection then failure is your election)
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To: SeekAndFind

Some already did.


38 posted on 01/15/2012 10:48:52 AM PST by yoe
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To: SeekAndFind

We have one currently.....


39 posted on 01/15/2012 10:49:48 AM PST by BloodAngel
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To: SeekAndFind

I cannot see how a faithful Muslim can defend the Constitution. NO.


40 posted on 01/15/2012 10:50:50 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: BloodAngel; yoe; Paleo Conservative

I counted more than 5 responses similar to yours.

However, Obama OPENLY calls himself a Christian who prays to Jesus Christ ( whether you believe him or not is another matter ).

So let’s ask ourselves a different and more specific question — Could a person who HONESTLY and OPENLY calls himself a Muslim be President of the USA?


41 posted on 01/15/2012 10:52:26 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Our current President is a closeted Muslim.


42 posted on 01/15/2012 10:53:19 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: SeekAndFind

HECK NO!


43 posted on 01/15/2012 10:53:24 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: SeekAndFind

Say a Muslim arrived on the scene with powerful and equitable ideas and challenged the status quo.

Then he wouldn’t be a muslim.

No, HELL NO!

The first ammendment is not a suicide pact either.


44 posted on 01/15/2012 10:54:17 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Democracy and Theocracy cannot exist within one government. Not going to knowingly vote for someone who wants a theocracy. Not going to vote for someone who wants a socialist or communist country either.


45 posted on 01/15/2012 10:56:00 AM PST by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: SeekAndFind

I would not, could not, check his box.
I could not, would not, he’s a sly fox.
I will not support him or his spouse
I will not support them in my house.
I will not support them here or there.
I will not support them anywhere.


46 posted on 01/15/2012 10:56:06 AM PST by swamprebel (Where liberty dwells, there is my country.)
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To: right way right

Romney is a minion of SATAN.


Being a little overdramatic, aren’t we? I’m not Mormon, but I’ve known a few. Very fine people, though I do find their religion quite odd.


47 posted on 01/15/2012 10:56:27 AM PST by rbg81
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To: SeekAndFind

48 posted on 01/15/2012 10:57:57 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Question: "Could there be a Muslim president? (Would you vote for one?)"

Answer: Any demographic that would vote for the current occupant of the White House would vote for a Moslem, thus the answer is yes there could be a Moslem elested as President. As far as my voting for one the answer is no!

49 posted on 01/15/2012 10:59:08 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SeekAndFind
What do you mean "there could be a Muslim President - there is!....anyone that refutes this is a certified idiot.
50 posted on 01/15/2012 11:04:07 AM PST by Gaffer
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