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Should Christians Vote for Muslim Candidates?

Keith Ellison walks down the House steps

National Public Radio just recently published an article about the many Muslims who are running for office in America this election year.

Some 80 Muslims are running for office in 2018, from Abdul El-Sayed (a Democrat candidate running for governor in Michigan) to Keith Ellison (who is running for attorney general in Minnesota). (Ellison and André Carson of Indiana are the only two Muslim members of the U.S. House of Representatives).

Of course the U.S. Constitution prohibits any sort of religious test to hold office. Article VI, clause 3 states: "...but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust..." That means no one can be forbidden by law from running for an elected office or being appointed to office on the basis of their religion.

However, as a voter and as a Christian, should a person's religion (or lack thereof) be a factor in casting a vote for a particular candidate? Normally, I would say "no," and I have voted for candidates who do not share my faith. But what if their faith dictates that our constitutional law MUST be supplanted and/or replaced by their religious law code, thus stripping all of us of our constitutional freedoms? More specifically, should I as a Christian vote for a Muslim? There are several things to consider:

1. There are many kinds of Muslims.

Just like there are many different "brands" of Christians, Jews, Buddhists, atheists, and the like, not all Muslims fit into the same box. Most people realize that Islam is divided up into two main sects: Sunni and Shia. Both have quite a bloody history, taking their cues from the jihadist passages in the Quran and Sharia and subjugating everyone they can to follow their brand of Islam — or keep quiet.

In the past 20 years or so we have clearly seen this form of Islam invade western Europe, terrorize the local populations, establish "colonies," suppress any opposition (usually by calling it "islamophobia"), and ruthlessly carry out Islamic law in their areas.

There are Muslims who want nothing to do with violent jihad. They may believe in some form of Sharia for themselves, but they say they do not believe in imposing it on anyone else. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser and his organization (the American Islamic Forum for Democracy) would fall into this category.

Ahmadiyya Islam is a rather pacifist sect. In denouncing jihad and terrorism, they believe only in a defensive "just war" theory much like many Christians do. This sect is generally regarded as heretical by most Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims, and is quite a minority (about 20 million worldwide).