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The Bogus Threat from Shariah Law

JRB1013! Wrote: Jun 10, 2012 7:39 AM
Raised Catholic and educated in a Catholic High School, I have thought seriously about the parallel between the 19th-20th Century anti Catholic tenor of American life and the conservative movements approach to Islamism, Sharia and Muslims in America today. While we need to balance our approach, ensuring that we respect the constitutional rights of all Americans, some clear distinctions needs to be made. Islam, unlike modern Christianity to include Catholicism does accept a clear distinction between the Political and the Religious spheres. "The Law" in Islamic nations is overwhelmingly based on Sharia. Sharia shares some core moralities with the our own legal codes, but is significantly anti-western in some respects.
Georgia Boy 61 Wrote: Jun 11, 2012 1:07 AM
JRB1013, Islam is not a religion, per se, along the lines of Christianity or Judaism or - for that matter - Hinduism or Buddhism. Rather, it is a totalitarianism system which happens to have religious components. There is no distinction between the public and private spheres of life under Islam; unlike the west - where the individual is sovereign - Islam is collectivist and the individual matters little.
JRB1013! Wrote: Jun 10, 2012 7:45 AM
Islamists certainly have a confrontational attitude to our civilization, and some of them who live here certainly will attempt to use a creeping Sharia as part of their Jihad. Allowing freedom of religion does not require allowing a parallel legal code to be created. Awareness of the challenge presented by the non-Democratic impulses of a significant portion of the Muslim community does not violate the constitution or our values. Just as resistance to communism as a political force did not in and of itself violate our values. Guarding our civilization and constitutional order requires frank discussions of threats from all sides, while allowing for freedom of conscience.

In the 19th century, Catholicism was regarded by many people in this country as thoroughly incompatible with Americanism. They saw it as a hostile foreign element that would subvert democracy. Today, a majority of the justices on the Supreme Court are Catholic, and they are taken to be as American as Mountain Dew.

We've come a long way in religious tolerance. Or maybe not. The belief that Catholics are irredeemably alien and disloyal has given way to the fear that Muslims pose a mortal threat to our way of life.

That distrust is behind a push in state legislatures...