Dr. Ben Carson started a media firestorm when he said a Muslim shouldn’t be elected President of the Muslim womanUnited States. Some people were appalled. Some agreed. I think every feminist in this country should be applauding him.

The Muslim culture, for the most part, is very anti-female, especially under Sharia law where it is believed women should submit to their husbands and young girls are married off as early as fifteen (some as young as eight).

Certain feminists cry the same thing is said for Christianity. But they’d be wrong.

If you read the New Testament, you will see that Jesus cared very much for women. Jesus healed a man’s daughter (Matthew 5:25-33). He healed a woman who had been bleeding for years (Luke 8:43-47). He jesus-and-mary21healed a girl being tormented by demons (Mark 7:25-30). And in Luke 13:10-13, Jesus healed a woman who was crippled. If women were not important, then Jesus would not have bothered to take His time with them.

Jesus treated women with dignity and respect. He protected them. He taught them God’s word. Mary Magdalene was the first person Jesus revealed Himself to after rising from the dead. He not only appeared to her, but told her to tell the disciples. In those days a woman’s word didn’t mean much, but Jesus respected women so much, He gave her the job of being the first to announce that He was alive.

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What women rightly long for is spiritual and moral initiative from a man, not spiritual and moral domination. – Chancelor John Piper

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The United States was founded on Christian principles. It took women a long time to get the right to vote, much less the ability to own property. We still have a ways to go regarding equal pay, but why would any woman vote for someone whose religion could take them backward?

This is not an ad to be prejudiced against any religious belief. We, as Christians, should treat everyone with love and respect. 1 Peter 4:8 states, Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Love is the basis of the Christian faith. At least it’s supposed to be.

But too often when a Muslim moves from the Middle East, they bring their staunch belief with them to the western world. That is fine as long as they are willing to live within the laws of the Western land where they now reside. Unfortunately, too many times we hear stories of daughters being killed because they do not want to live under their parents’ religion. They want the freedoms the United States has to offer, and their fathers don’t like it.

In this country, we must hold our elected officials up to American standards. And unless someone who is Muslim is willing to forgo some of their religious beliefs, then every woman in this country should refuse to vote for them.

But quite frankly if a Muslim does denounce portions of their religion in the hopes of being voted into office, they probably don’t hold their religion to such high esteem anyway. You just need to look at Christian politicians to see how much that is true.

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