In respect to your editorial on Ben Carson and the five elements we need in our political leadership, I certainly agree that your five principles are really essential.
Please allow me to point out a few observations based on our years of experience working as missionaries in the Middle East:
• As you know, the Qur’an is the basic document of the Islamic faith. However, the Qur’an can be read to mean anything one wants it to mean—as can also be done with the Bible! What it means is determined, as I understand it, by the leader, whether political or religious.
• While this is true in the details, I believe all branches of Islam agree the final aim of all of them is to “bless” the world by controlling it under the Law of God/Allah, however that may be interpreted.
• Islam is really a closed system in which no other religion is allowed or could be allowed to become a partner in the interpretation and application of whatever law code may be followed.
• For this reason, it seems to me that any American Muslim who seeks to become president of our nation must make a choice between the ideals of Islam and the ideals of our Constitution. I don’t think he can be true to both. And I do think that he must openly reject his loyalty to the ideals of Islam if he hopes to win the support of American voters.