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Protecting America From Religious Zealots: New at Reason

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 10:55
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Although no judges have tried ramming Sharia law down Americans’ throats, conservatives around the country have passed and try to pass legislation in an effort to stop it.

A. Barton Hinkle writes:

Yet while Islamic law is not exactly sweeping across the country, you can understand why some conservatives worry that it might. Though they miss the nuances of Sharia’s meaning, they correctly point out that Islam as practiced in some countries is a brutal ideology that executes people for committing homosexual acts, cruelly oppresses women, punishes theft with barbaric amputations, and more.

And even more moderate forms of Islamic rule in the U.S. would be unwelcome, simply because a great many Americans do not subscribe to the Islamic faith, and the First Amendment protects their right not to submit to it. As Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, said when North Carolina lawmakers passed an anti-Sharia measure, “No one has a problem with Muslims or anyone else living peaceably in America. But on U.S. soil, we must all embrace the freedoms and responsibilities assigned us via the Constitution.”

Amen to that.

Hence conservatives should be as pleased as everyone else by the recent suspension imposed on Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore had instructed that state’s justices to disregard the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage and a federal judge’s decision striking down Alabama’s ban on same-sex unions. He said the state’s judges had a “ministerial duty” not to approve marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples. The suspension lasts until the end of Moore’s current term, and he is not eligible for another one.

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