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Christian Law?

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in response to reader comment: Does this sword have two sides? Muslim Exceptionalism and the Christian Right

Submitted by Phil (United States), Jan 5, 2007 at 14:55

I think you are unfamiliar with christian teaching. Of course we are guided by Christian morals. A few of those that you mention; slavery, sufferage, prohibition, are not christian laws at all! They may have been laws in christian lands but they are not christian laws (big difference). As we departed from those in this country we grew closer to christian teaching, not further away.

Secondly, laws are made in general to keep social order and protect individual rights. I have yet to see an explanation of how abortion protects the individual rights of the one being killed. Are we all not individuals? And when and from whom did we get that status? At birth? 1 day before birth? 10 days prior? Is it our shape, our function or location that defines our status as individuals? Some grim implications exist here for the handicapped. It seems a great crime that personal comfort has trumped life itself in our country because of this law. This law is truly against the reason for the existence of laws and its institution paves the way for lawlessness or at least subjective legalism.

As for the free sex portion of your rant, you are right we are tending away from Christian morals (not law) but it is debatable whether it is for the betterment of society or the satisfaction of individual primal lust. I suspect you feel as though Christianity suppresses peoples ability to be free. It is not freedom to demand whimsical sexual gratification because with that demand one is enslaved by his passions. I suggest that temperance is a social virtue that we are sorely lacking and may be good if legislated. But of course you disagree.

Back on topic, Islam differs from Christianity in that it prescribes social laws because it expects to be the rule of law in a society whereas Christianity does not (although rulers have adopted it as the official national religion in the past, Christianity itself does not suggest that they do so). If lawmakers make laws that reflect their Christian beliefs it is because they were elected to office because of their beliefs and people want them to become law. If we had a majority of Muslims in office would they promote the law of Islam? I am not sure they could.

I will pray for you, Jake.

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