mardi 12 avril 2011

What's next, a ban on kosher food?

There are many Jews in this country who live according to Jewish law. There are restaurants in Teaneck, New Jersey where you can't order a steak sitting alongside other restaurants where you can't get a glass of milk. In Paramus, New Jersey, you see people walking home from synagogue on Shabbos, because they are not permitted to drive. In Tenafly, there was recently a big foofarah over an eruv, which the town finally allowed to stay in place. The eruv is simply plastic markers on telephone poles. Observant Jewish couples who divorce have an extra step required to dissolve the marriage, one which can only be granted by the husband.

Except for the concept of the get, which is alien to most people, the observance of Jewish law usually goes unnoticed by most people. Even in Tenafly, the markings of the eruv are simply more crap on a telephone for most people. You do not see conservative legislators crying out for a ban on the practice of Jewish law.

And yet, if you are Muslim in this country, and you practice sharia law (which was intended only for Muslims anyway), you are fair game for the scoring of cheap political points:
Sharia law is quickly becoming a hot-button topic on the campaign trial, as conservatives debate the role of Islam in the United States and the conservative movement. The exact mechanics of how sharia, or Islamic jurisprudence, is threatening the United States are unclear, but some conservatives point to cases in New Jersey and Florida that they say underscores the need for a blanket ban on using foreign law in the United States.

The issue resonates with many GOP primary voters and legislators in the early primary state of South Carolina is considering a ban on sharia law that might force some more 2012 contenders engage on the issue. We've rounded up how the various 2012 candidates have positioned themselves on the issue so far.

You can read what this parade of morons thinks here.

Do any of these people even know what's IN sharia law? Because what they're talking about could by extension be applied to any kind of religious practice -- including the keeping of a kosher home.

About fifteen years ago I worked with someone who was a Catholic Latino. He once asked me, "We have the Ten Commandments. What laws do you Jews have?" He was absolutely serious.

How do you answer a question like that?

The only way you can to that level of ignorance: "We eat Christian babies on Shabbos, what do you think we have?"

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