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The Bogus Threat from Shariah Law

Peter255 Wrote: Jun 18, 2012 7:25 PM
"Catholicism was regarded by many people in this country as thoroughly incompatible with Americanism. " except that Catholicism didn't represent both a religion and political ideology. if you look at areas where Muslims have become the majority they tend to push pressure on others to accede to Muslim demands. In France non-Muslim women were forced to wear the hijab so as to avoid harassment by Muslim men. in other countries merchants who sell items that Muslims believe are haram such as videos, music and liquor are regularly pressured to not sell such items. or take a look at what takes place in Dearborn to Christians the bottom line is lack of assimilation into a Western culture. Check out the problem of polygamy & forced marriages in UK
danq Wrote: Jun 19, 2012 5:01 PM
Catholicism has always been pro-mixed-market. The issue at the time was the (unfortunately still-existing) stereotype that the Pope holds some kind of cult- and Christ-like relevance to Catholics' personal lives with everything he says being unquestionable infallible dogma. Do all individual Catholics have to be pro-mixed-market? No, because we are individuals and might disagree. For an example, look at all the pro-choice Catholic Democrats.

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...