In defense of Ben Carson: Muslims can’t have it both ways

I can understand why Kern County Muslims are “disheartened” by Ben Carson’s comments regarding a Muslim president, as reported by contributing columnist Jose Gaspar, but they must understand where Carson’s comments were coming from.

Carson is no Islamophobe. Rather he is concerned with the requirements of Sharia law, which butts heads with the U.S. Constitution. Sharia is the Islamic legal system based on the Quran and the Hadiths (Sayings of Muhammad); it covers such topics as rules for sexual intercourse, hygiene, proper diet, how to pray, fasting, and even etiquette; and it prescribes punishment for violations of the code.

In 2013 the Pew Research Center conducted an exhaustive poll of Muslim beliefs in 23 countries where Islam is a pervasive force. According to the poll: “In 17 of the 23 countries where the question was asked, at least half of Muslims say Sharia is the revealed word of God.” Only six said it was “developed by men, based on the word of God.” Moreover, a clear majority said there was a “single interpretation” of Sharia law as opposed to “multiple interpretations.”