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1 SidewaysQuark  Thu, May 9, 2013 2:43:55pm

This backward barbarity of religious rule is the biggest impediment to the developing world.

2 Ace-o-aces  Thu, May 9, 2013 2:46:09pm

Do they ever ask Christians this question?

3 EiMitch  Thu, May 9, 2013 4:00:31pm

re: #2 Ace-o-aces

They did in the US last November. Most voted no, but most republicans who rightfully should’ve been out were saved by gerrymandered districts.

Democracy at it’s finest. /sarc

4 SanFranciscoZionist  Sun, May 12, 2013 9:49:04pm

re: #2 Ace-o-aces

Do they ever ask Christians this question?

It would have to be a different kind of question. To resurrect my favorite quote from Bernard Lewis, what Christianity and Islam have in common is triumphalism, and what Judaism and Islam have in common is legalism. It’s possible for the 2011 Egyptian draft constitution to say “Principles of Shari’a are the principal source of legislation,” because sharia is actually a system that can function as a civil legal system. Halacha could as well. Christianity does not really have anything like that. Canon law is specifically a system made for the internal workings of the Church, and has no relevance outside Catholicism anyway.

You could ask if Christians believed that laws should be based on Biblical principles, but that’s an enormously hazy question compared to ‘should sharia be the law of the land’, especially given the enormously divided nature of Protestant textual interpretation, and the total lack of a developed law code in the Protestant tradition. It’s a much murkier position.


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