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The Washington Post: Muslim Without Sharia?

January 19, 2012

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Harris Zafar says presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's opinion that he would support a Muslim for U.S. presidency only when the person publicly pledges to "give up sharia" is not just ignorant of him but also unconstitutional.

On Tuesday, January 17th, former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich said that the only way he would ever support a Muslim for the presidency of the United States is if that person would "commit in public to give up sharia," thereby continuing his trend to exhibit his ignorance on the subject of Islamic law (sharia) as well as his ignorance of the United States Constitution.

To be fair, Mr. Gingrich did say that "a truly modern person who happened to worship Allah would not be a threat," thereby acknowledging the fact that there are indeed trustworthy and moderate Muslims. This statement expresses that he does not condemn all Muslims wholesale, which is encouraging, and I applaud him for those words.

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