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  •  Sharia is both personal and governing law. (4+ / 0-)

    Islam doesn't distinguish between the rules that regulate your personal life and those enshrined and enforced by the government. Sharia Law is(as a religious ideal) to be fully practiced by all people, that means you, and your neighbor, which also means the government.

    There's nothing wrong with Muslims, but there is something wrong with Sharia. Much in the same way there's nothing wrong with Christians, but there is something wrong with many of their laws.

    Sharia is bad. It is a legal system created in the dark ages that is absolutely horrific by modern standards.
    Let us consider that just 200 years ago our country didn't believe in equality for women or that blacks were even complete people deserving of basic human freedom and dignity.

    You're trying to warp a very ancient and truly backwards system into something it is not.

    Yes, someone can find the good parts of Islam and use it as a source of inspiration as most Muslims do. The same with Christianity. But you err in failing to distinguish the difference between a modern person's faith and the rules that governed a society that has no place in the 21st century.

    I have no problem with any personal belief that is open minded and tolerant of those who are different than they themselves are. Sharia does not fit that bill.

    •  It's like you didn't even read my article (1+ / 0-)
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      The things you call me out on not getting our things that I brought up in my article. So, either you failed to comprehend what I was getting at in my article, or you just simply didn't bother to read it.

      Muslims can live their lives without following the extremist parts of their scriptures, just like Christians can live their lives without following the most extreme part of their scriptures. Yes, some of Sharia law is bad. It's outdated and has no place in today's society. Not all of it is that extreme, however. I have no problem if they want to wear traditional garb, pray facing Mecca, worship at a Mosque, or bury their family in keeping with their tradition. What you fail to see is that those things are still Sharia; and while I do not condone any of the sexist, inhumane, or violent teachings of Islam; I understand that Sharia is not entirely made up of those things.

      Isn't liberalism delicious?

      by SixDollarLiberal on Wed Jun 01, 2011 at 03:11:00 PM PDT

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      •  You aren't defending Sharia (1+ / 0-)
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        You're defending modern Islamic faith.
        You can't say "I defend the Ten Commandments" and then proceed to say that you don't support killing anyone for murder, adultery, firmly disobeying one's parents as a child, blasphemy, breaking the Sabbath or worshipping other Gods. But you're okay with the ones about coveting and not using the Lord's name in vain.

        That's not defending the Ten Commandments. You defend modern Christians who reject many Biblical laws.
        You defend modern Muslims who reject much of Sharia Law.

        You aren't defending Sharia. You're defending modern Islamic faith.

        That's good. But you need to understand the two are not the same.

        •  Like I said (1+ / 0-)
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          I am not an expert on Islamic practices. Most of what I know about Islam is what I have heard from other individuals. From my understanding, some modern Islamic practices are taken from Sharia. Prayer, diet, traditional garb, how they bury their dead; all of these are tenets of Sharia. These are things I don't have any problem with.

          However, when people demagogue Sharia, they are also criticizing modern Islamic practices. When states try to pass laws prohibiting the practice of Sharia, or candidates like Herman Cain demand that any Muslim they nominate must disavow Sharia, that includes many of the modern Islamic practices; including prayer, dietary restrictions, and burial.

          I do not defend all of Sharia, but my understanding is that certain modern practices are also Sharia, and those are the parts I am defending.

          Isn't liberalism delicious?

          by SixDollarLiberal on Wed Jun 01, 2011 at 04:15:42 PM PDT

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