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The leadership in this nation, not all, but the majority, want to protect Sharia Law under the First Amendment. This is like mixing oil and water because Sharia Law is the constitution of Islam. Islam is a totalitarian system unlike America which has a constitution that is designed to protect the people from a totalitarian government.
We are going to have to make up our minds on how to handle Sharia Law. It opposes the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, and especially the First Amendment.
Congress shall make no law respecting an (1)establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or (2)abridging the freedom of speech, or (3)of the press; or the (4)right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to (5)petition the government for a redress of grievances.
What does the First Amendment do?
The restriction is placed on government – ”Congress shall make no law.” It keeps Government out of these things. The restriction is not upon the people. The Idea of the separation of church is not found in the First Amendment.
The First Amendment says that Congress cannot make a law the establishes a religion or restricts the free exercise of religion, that abridges the freedom of speech or the press, that limits the right of people to peaceably assemble, or to petition to government for a redress of grievances.
There is nothing in any of our founding documents that establishes the separation of church and state. The Supreme Court took a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to Danbury Baptist Church, in which he mentioned the separation of church and state and used it improperly to say that government must be secular and can have nothing to do with religion. This was not what the letter was saying. It was saying that the state cannot force everyone to be a Baptist, or a Lutheran, etc. It was not saying that America cannot be Christian, or that religion cannot be involved in the affairs of state.
This ruling has been used to ban anything Christian from the public forum. Nothing Christian can be mentioned in our schools unless it is to denigrate it. Islam can be and is promoted, but not Christianity. This ruling has also been used to ban prayer, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments in the public schools. It is also the basis of the laws that permit abortion, the murder of the unborn.
The reason for the first protection in the First Amendment was to ensure that there was no state religion that all citizens were forced to be part of. At that time the governments in Europe had state religions to which all citizens were obligated to join. It was not to limit the practice of religion, even in government functions, it was to ensure that citizens could practice their religion in all spheres of life, including in the public sphere, which includes the government.
Shouldn’t Islam be protected under the First Amendment? To answer this question you must first understand that Islam is more than just a religion. Muhammad was building a kingdom and in Islam there is a political system, a system of government, a financial system, a legal system, an education system, and a religious system. Islam covers every aspect of your life. It is probably the most controlling system on the face of the earth. It even tells you how to go to the bathroom.
Although our Constitution protects the freedom of religion, it does not protect every aspect of every religion. Let me give you an example. If a religion’s deity demands a human sacrifice or some other violation of our criminal code it would not be allowed, not because of their religion, but because it violates our criminal law.
Even the freedom of speech is not absolute. There are libel laws and laws against perjury. It is against the law to cry FIRE in a crowded building and in other situations where lives would be put in danger.
The answer to the question of Islam’s protection under the First Amendment is yes, the religious aspects are protected: how and when they say their prayers, their pilgrimages, their alms giving, etc. The political, governing, and legal parts of Islam are not protected because they violate all five of the protections in the First Amendment.
Tomorrow we will look at how Islam violates all of the protections of the First Amendment.