- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 27, 2015

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson on Sunday stood by his comments that a Muslim should not be president, pointing out that the tenets of Islam come from Sharia law and the Koran.

“What we should be talking about is Islam and the tenets of Islam and where do they come from?” he told Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week.” “They come from Sharia. They come from the Koran. They come from, you know, the life works and examples of Muhammad. They come from the fatwas, which is the writings of scholars.”

He said if someone could show him an Islamic text that opposes Sharia law, he would change his mind about a Muslim’s ability to be commander-in-chief of the United States.

“But right now, when you have something that is against the rights of women, against the rights of gays, subjugates other religions, and a host of things that are not compatible with our Constitution, why in fact would you take that chance?” he said.

The retired pediatric neurosurgeon is near the top of Republican polls, trailing behind billionaire businessman Donald Trump.

• Anjali Shastry can be reached at ashastry@washingtontimes.com.

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