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Herman Cain In A Panic About Sharia Law



Herman Cain on Islam, redux:
[The people in Murfreesboro, Tennesee] are objecting to the fact that Islam is both a religion and set of laws, Sharia law. That is the difference between any one of our other traditional religions where it's just about religious purposes. The people in the community know best. I happen to side with the people in the community.
My emphasis. I know that I offered my criticism of Herman Cain's anti-Islamic sentiments before -- but I think that it all bears something of a repeat...

Really Herman? You think that Islam is both 'a religion and a set of laws' -- and that this fact sets it apart from religions like Christianity?

How?

Perhaps you need to re-read your Bible Mr. Cain. Specifically Exodus 20:2–17 and/or Deuteronomy 5:6-21.

It's called the Ten Commandments, Mr. Cain -- and it is religious law, from a Judeo-Christian perspective. While there may be varying tenets between the Ten Commandments and Sharia Law, the idea is the same: these are laws handed down by God/Allah for the people to obey.

But to me, the most interesting part about Sharia is pointed out by Greg Sargent:
There is no one static set of precepts Muslims agree upon that Cain can refer to as “sharia law.” Sharia is a set of Islamic principles whose application varies based on interpretation. Ironically, by implying otherwise, Cain is insisting that the most draconian interpretations of sharia are the “real” ones, Cain is supporting the religious arguments of Islamic extremists.
Again, my emphasis.

Mr. Cain, you have no need to worry. Here in the United States, our laws are set by our Constitution, not religious doctrine. You seems to think that, just because Muslims want a place to worship and engage in fellowship (and why shouldn't they?) in the United States, that there is some massive conspiracy to replace our nation's Constitution with Sharia Law.

Rest assured Mr. Cain, Sharia Law will never become our governing principles here in the United States -- much in the same way that the Ten Commandments will never be adopted as our national laws.

Head nod: RawStory