Of all the points presidential hopeful Ben Carson made in defense of his position that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation,” the most poignant was his referencing of taqiyya, one of Islam’s doctrines of deception.
According to Carson, whoever becomes president should be “sworn in on a stack of Bibles, not a Koran”:
“I do not believe Sharia is consistent with the Constitution of this country,” Carson said, referencing the Islamic law derived from the Koran and traditions of Islam. “Muslims feel that their religion is very much a part of your public life and what you do as a public official, and that’s inconsistent with our principles and our Constitution.”
Carson said that the only exception he’d make would be if the Muslim running for office “publicly rejected all the tenants of Sharia and lived a life consistent with that.”
“Then I wouldn’t have any problem,” he said.
However, on several occasions Carson mentioned “Taqiyya,” a practice in the Shia Islam denomination in which a Muslim can mislead nonbelievers about the nature of their faith to avoid religious persecution.
“Taqiyya is a component of Shia that allows, and even encourages you to lie to achieve your goals,” Carson said.
Considering that the current U.S. president has expunged all reference to Islam in security documents and would have Americans believe that Islamic doctrine is more or less like Christianity, it is refreshing to see a presidential candidate referencing a little-known but critically important Muslim doctrine.
However, the widely cited notion that taqiyya is only a Shia doctrine needs to be corrected. This is false, and it lets the vast majority of the world’s Muslims, the Sunnis, off the hook.
According to Sami Mukaram, one of the world’s foremost authorities on taqiyya:
Taqiyya is of fundamental importance in Islam. Practically every Islamic sect agrees to it and practices it … We can go so far as to say that the practice of taqiyya is mainstream in Islam, and that those few sects not practicing it diverge from the mainstream … Taqiyya is very prevalent in Islamic politics, especially in the modern era.[i]
Taqiyya is often associated with the Shias because, as a minority group interspersed among their Sunni rivals, they have historically had more reason to dissemble. Today, however, Sunnis living in the West find themselves in the place of the Shia. Now they are the minority surrounded by their historic enemies — Western “infidels” — and so they too have plenty of occasion to employ taqiyya.
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There are only three contenders for registered Republicans to consider. Trump, Cruz and Carson. The rest of them should bow out now. They're just muddying up the waters. Those of you who are considering Fiorina need to be aware of the fact that she has been a Muslim sympathizer and she was lousy in the business community. I trust her like I trust Hillary. Not so much.
I have enjoyed listening to Trump and really like most of what he has to say, but at the end of the day, both Cruz and Carson have that quality I believe we need in the WH. I believe they can be trusted and neither of them come off as egomaniacs. Unfortunately, Trump, as much as I like him, does.
You're right, Carson and Cruz are great guys. Carson is the less egomaniac of all. But we need an Anglo Saxon warrior, an invincible energy like Trump to be the President of the United States. And I'm saying as a French who married an American because I wanted a solid guy as my husband, a warrior that would look like my Norman ancestors, not a weak European dummy.
The USA have to take over the future of this world again, we need a strong voice, a guy who believes so much in himself that none of the other leaders of this planet can resist to him.
Being kind to other cultures has been a wrong strategy these past decades.
TRUMP CARSON or TRUMP CRUZ would be ideal
The occupant of the WH has been practicing" taqiyya" for years! Maybe we should follow Japan's idea of being a "muslim free country". They have eliminated the muslim problem, muslim refugees who wish to take away the freedom their people enjoy! So why not in the USA? Just say NO to all refugees who practice Islam!
I suppose, then, that taqiyya might be exercised by a Muslim political candidate who claims to be a Christian in order to win an election. Sound like anyone we might know?
Carson sure understands Islam!
Thank God at least one of our candidates has figured this out...Ted Cruz got hung up on the Constitution and the clause that says no to religious test...he didn't go far enough and he had he would have found what Carson did.
Don't be too hard on the other candidates. After all, it took a brain surgeon to figure this out.
The Clintons also use taqiyya and they are probably not muslim.