A Facebook group called Stop Islamization of America posted a link to an article titled “Shh! Sharia Law Gets a Clear Passage in Kentucky.” Not one to take Sharia lightly, I read the article prepared to be as disgusted or horrified as I usually am when I hear of encroaching Sharia.
The article reads, “Under House Bill 279, the controversial religious-freedom bill, someone with ‘sincerely held’ religious beliefs can disregard laws ‘unless the government proves by clear and convincing evidence that it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing’ the person’s religious freedom.”
I’m all against Sharia and warning against it, but I’m having a hard time seeing how this bill advances it. This bill affects every religious person, not just Muslims. That’s reasonable, isn’t it? The bill says that the state can’t force, say, Christians into doing something that is against their Christian faith. This hardly seems like Sharia Law. It seems like a step towards religious freedom, not towards the religious tyranny that is Sharia. Under Sharia, there would be an exception only for Muslims: only Muslims would be allowed to disregard state laws, not Christians, not Hindus, Jews, Buddhists.
There are legitimate times to warn of Sharia because there are legitimate cases that demonstrate its advancement in America, but those warnings never gain traction with mainstream Americans because of all these wild false alarms we sound. The more we lower our standards for what warrants an alert, and the more we sound the alarm over non-issues, then the more easily Sharia can advance because, by that time, nobody will be listening to us. That does us no good.
What would be said if the Kentucky bill did the opposite of what it does? What would be said if the bill required religious folks to do whatever the government made them, even if it went against their beliefs? Would it not be called, rightly, an attack on religious liberties?
Under Sharia Law, Christians are not equally protected; they are beneath Muslims. This law in Kentucky does not specify any religion or any adherents to a particular religion; therefore the protection under this law is equal.
There are legitimate concerns about the Islamization of America—it is a serious problem that needs serious addressing—but HB279 is not one of them.