Jan 23, 2012
Rick Santorum, a Republican candidate for president, has sounded the alarm about Muslim fundamentalists trying to push the acceptance of Sharia law in the United States. How horrible it would be to be governed by reactionary religious ideas!
Sure would be – and our biggest risk comes from religious fanatics (or cynical politicians) like Santorum. He would like the United States to be governed by Biblical, Old Testament law.
What?! He thinks there’s a difference?
Would he like to enforce Biblical prohibitions against abortion and homosexuality? Undoubtedly – that’s part of his right-wing platform. How about contraception, adultery, or children talking back to their parents? All are forbidden in the Old Testament – and all are punishable by death!
How is Santorum’s Christian backwardness any different from the Taliban’s Muslim backwardness? Religious reaction is religious reaction – no matter which religion it is.