Skip to comments.Could there be a Muslim president? (Would you vote for one?)
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, Romneys Mormonism has yet to be a major stumbling block, and as time passes it doesnt appear that it will become a hindrance.
But lets 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, Americas 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 ones 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 .
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.
I already didn’t.
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.
BTW “Progressive Christian Alliance” = oxymoron.
He’s waiting until after the election to walk into a mosque, win or lose. And, it won’t be the first time.
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!”
NO, the only good Muslim (never mind).
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.
we’ve already got a muslim President.... we are just waiting for him to come out of the closet.
We already have one.
we already have one. OBAMA.
There already is one, and I didn’t vote for it.
we already have one. OBAMA.
My guess is that isn't the only closet that will have it's door opened....Just sayin'
The Muslim idea of democracy is;
We already seem to have that.
This must be a joke, satire, etc.
Some already did.
We have one currently.....
I cannot see how a faithful Muslim can defend the Constitution. NO.