You Don't Say John E. McIntyre writes about language, usage, journalism & arbitrarily chosen subjects.

You can stop worrying about Sharia law. Really.

The Baltimore Sun

Roy Moore, the former state Supreme Court chief justice and Sharia law hysteric who is a candidate for the United States Senate in Alabama, said recently that whole communities in the Midwest, particularly Illinois, are under Sharia law.

One wonders whether Judge Moore is aware of communities in the United States where rabbinical councils are enforcing Torah law, or where Roman Catholic clergy are enforcing provisions of canon law—both Jews and Roman Catholics having been thought, at one time or another in the nation’s history, to be threats to the Republic.

The same PolitiFact article that quotes Judge Moore on the supposed Sharia tyranny reports him as saying, “But Sharia law is a little different from American law. It is founded on religious concepts.”

This is the same Judge Moore who has argued that the Constitution is founded on Christian principlies and that the United Stated is meant to be a Christian nation. That sounds rather like a religious concept.

The Constitution, a secular document, permits free exercise of religious belief, which is why Jewish, Christian, and Muslim groups can regulate matrimonial issues and other matters among believers apart from civil law. But it does not permit imposition of religious belief by statute. That is why there are no municipalities in the United States governed by Sharia law, and why Judge Moore, should he be elected to the Senate, would find limits on writing Christianity into the United States Code.

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