With Islam continuing to emerge as an issue, the debate over exercise of religion takes debate. However, there are fine lines which make it difficult for some.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, of prohibiting the free exercise thereof – 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America
While people are free to choose their religion and how they practice their faith, Islam has come forward namely because of its own set of laws. Sharia law is controversial to those who are not practicing members, but the reason it is heavily debated is that it doesn’t follow conventional laws.
The debate is because Sharia law provides a ‘religious activity’ that both harms public peace and others’ rights. This in itself should be enough to end the issue. But, compassion for others to freely worship their Creator is a foundation of America. Which furthers the fine lines over the practice of Islam.
A foundation of Islam is to oppose those who oppose them. And, while you can’t pick and choose what parts of religion can be allowed, the debate continues.
For more on this issue:
- Is fear of Islam the new McCarthyism?
- The Challenges of Islamist Ideology to America’s Founding Principles
- Reliance of the Traveller