September 10, 2014 by JImbo
It has been said that we were founded as a Christian country. That’s not technically true, but I’ll get to that later.
Suffice it to say that nothing in the US Constitution conflicts directly with Christian religious belief that I can see. There have been odd interpretations and subsequent laws since it was signed, but just taking the principle of the supremacy of the Constitution in thus country, a US citizen can easily recognize Constitutional rights and be a Christian as well.
On the other hand, there is no provision for Christian Law in this country for just that reason. Many people who think similarly may believe the same but that is not the same thing as Biblical Law.
For example, if the people of Utah (being mostly Mormons) vote to close liquor stores on Sunday mornings that isn’t “because the Bible says it it must be so;” It is a law passed by a majority of the population.
That is Democracy.
So, when I hear about Sharia Law and people supporting it for religious grounds it makes me wonder if they truly know the difference. Sharia Law is not Muslim people convincing people in the community that some parts of the Koranic teachings would be cool to make into laws.
Sharia Law means REPLACING existing law with the Koranic teachings. Ignoring the Constitution essentially. That is NOT the same thing as simply shared moral standards in a community. It is a legal separation based on religion.
(At hthe very least under real Sharia Law the Muslims would be tried for crimes separate from non-muslims in different courts. At worst Sharia would apply to non-muslims too!)
I think the Constitution is pretty clear. The First Amendment says full freedom of belief but no ESTABLISHMENT OF AN OFFICIAL STATE RELIGION. If you are setting up courts and laws for a certain religion that is the definition of an established religion, even if it is just for a minority.
The Jews, Buddhists, Pagans and Methodists don’t have separate courts or laws. That would be Unamerican and would in all legal reality be defined as treason since it violates the Constitution this country was based on.
How anyone can support Sharia Law in thus country still puzzles me. Its not a lot of people but it seems so simply wrong that it astounds me ANYONE would try to argue otherwise.
Am I missing something? Does multiculturalism now trump the Constitution? Was the founding document of our country repealed with telling us?
- I’m interested in what you have to say. There is resistance against North Carolina passing a law to forbid the consideration of Sharia Law in the state. Why is that a debatable idea? It should be Federal law! It kind of technically is as I’ve explained above but we still have laws that say don’t murder people even though its pretty clear that’s not allowed in the Constitution either.
- Still, can it hurt reminding people?
- What do you think?