Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Churches Called to Confront Sharia Law

Christian Web News - The Institution on Religion and Democracy (IRD), concerned that Christian groups aren't fully aware of the threat posed by an expansion of Shari'a (Islamic law) in the West, is calling upon churches to stand against global attempts to enshrine it.

Faith J.H. McDonnell, IRD Religious Liberty Program Director, cited wide-ranging examples of authorities accommodating Islamic demands, among them a draft constitution in Kenya that would give an official place to Islamic Khadi courts – effectively creating a different set of rules for Muslims.

Concerns in the U.S. were also cited by McDonnel. She is concerned about how political correctness led to the temporary banning of an advertisement deemed offensive to Muslims on the Miami-Dade County transit system.

Similarly, a radical Islamic website ominously warned creators of the TV show “South Park” that they could face violent retribution for depicting the Prophet Muhammad during an episode broadcast last week.

IRD Religious Liberty Program Director Faith J.H. McDonnell commented:

“From developing nations like Kenya to Western powers like Britain, the trend is to capitulate to Islamist factions within the Muslim population by enshrining Shari'a into the legal code or by accommodating its demands by social custom.

“Living in tolerance of other faith groups does not require Christians to give in to every demand for the sake of political correctness. When human rights are at stake, Christians especially must speak out fot those whose rights, including Muslims, could be jeopardized by the imposition of Islamic law.

“Churches should encourage free societies to refuse censorship in the service of 'anti-blasphemy' and resist efforts to create different courts and law codes for different religious groups.”

Christian Web News

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