Re Sept. 18 editorial, “Decry the Violence, not the Religion”
Your plea for tolerance of Islam is well-intended, but you did not address the most troubling aspect of that religion, that is, its insistence on the institution of sharia law, with its many attendant shortcomings such as the traditional inferior status of women, the barbaric treatment of those failing to adhere to its dictates, etc. It also is worth noting that in public addresses by “moderate” Muslims, they do not reject sharia law. In addition to its religious character sharia law extends to the political and economic spheres, as well. Quoting from a Muslim-friendly website, sharia law derives from:
“1. the Quran (the Muslim holy scripture)
2. the Sunna , (the sayings and behaviors of the Prophet Mohammed)
3. consensus of Islamic jurists, scholars and community
4. reasoning by analogy to the above sources
5. preferences of the jurists, public interest and custom”
It is foolhardy to be tolerant of the secular aspects of Islam because they are inimical to our culture and our political and legal systems. Tolerance of Islam’s religious component is one thing but tolerance of its incompatible political and legal systems is an entirely different matter.
It is for the Muslims to put aside the secular character of Islam if they expect tolerant integration into non-Islamic societies. It is in their hands.
The writer lives in Pawleys Island.