While focusing upon political corruption I cannot stop commenting on hypocrisy. (I know, I’ll work on this obsession.) The source of this comment is there is yet another scare about “Sharia law” being implemented in the U.S. (Sharia law is the law of law of the Koran, Islamic law). While I believe these “fears” are part of a general campaign to keep people in a state of anxiety and fear in order to be able to manipulate them electorally, there is more than a small measure of hypocrisy. The self-same people decrying the “implementation” of Sharia law in the U.S. are also all in favor of having the Christian Bible be the font of legal wisdom in this country. (Remember the “Post the Ten Commandments in the Courthouse” movement?)
Christians revel in simplistic thinking. I asked a Christian relative of mine whether our laws should be based on The Bible and the answer was an unhesitating “yes.” Then I followed with, “so you endorse slavery and the selling of children” Horrified, the Christian said, “No, no, of course not!” “So, you think the person who caused an accident resulting in some poor person losing an eye, should pay by having one of his eyes put out?” “No, no, of course not!” “Well, these are not only sanctioned in The Bible but regulated,” I said. “But that is in the Old Testament,” she complained. So, I asked “Do you own a Bible?” Answer: yes. “Is it the literal word of God?” Answer; yes. “Does it include the Old Testament?” Answer: Uh. . . . And these are the same people who are horrified by the flat out lie that Sharia law is being implemented “here.” (“Here” always being someplace far enough away that you can’t check for yourself.) And, even though it is also the same God we are talking about here. For those of you who didn’t know, the God of Islam (Allah in Arabic) is the God of Israel and Abraham and Jesus. Muslims revere Jesus as a prophet and claim there is no conflict between Judaism and Islam, for example, and not really any with Christianity, either.
And Christians are fond of saying, all of Jesus’ protestations to the contrary, that the New Testament preempts the Old. But, doesn’t Islam then preempt the New Testament? It is several centuries more current. Same God, different policies, same argument as to why modern Christians do not live by the inerrant word of God in the Old Testament. No?
I have noticed that the commandment to not bear false witness against your neighbor doesn’t extend to people Christians do not like. And logic and reason aren’t given much play in those circles, either.