Ben Carson was not right about Islam, and here’s why:
In a letter to the editor last week (Dec. 24), Paul Atmajian noted that “First Amendment freedoms and the ideas of Islam are simply incongruent.” Because of this, he said, Muslims are not able to hold office in America.
Assuming that all Muslims in America practice and follow Islamic teachings in regards to their religious law, we would then ask: can practicing Muslims adhere to the laws of this country?
The answer, simply put, is yes.
In Islamic law, there is a clear command of abiding by the law of the land in which a Muslim is living, whether it be an Islamic state or not. There is no support in Islam that states that the “free interplay” of ideas must be shunned by practicing Muslims.
In fact, it is clearly stated in the Quran that no one can be forced into believing, which goes against the radicalized theory cited of Islam promoting the killing of a person who no longer follows the faith.
“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong.” – Holy Quran 2:56
Sumaya Attia, Clovis