Sep­a­ra­tion of all Is­lamic re­li­gion and state

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - BOB JACK North Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada

The U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion re­quires the sep­a­ra­tion of church and state. Re­li­gion and pol­i­tics are there­fore re­quired to re­main sep­a­rate un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion, which is the “supreme law of the land.” So what should be done in the case of Is­lam, where the doc­trines of re­li­gion and pol­i­tics have been os­ten­si­bly in­ter­twined, so that both re­li­gious and po­lit­i­cal el­e­ments of Mus­lims can be treated ac­cord­ing to U.S. law and the Con­sti­tu­tion? What must be done to cre­ate the sep­a­ra­tion of mosque and state?

The Prophet Muham­mad was both prophet and states­man of Is­lam, so the doc­trines have been in­te­grated and must be re­struc­tured to be sep­a­rated into re­li­gious and po­lit­i­cal com­po­nents if Is­lam is to adapt to mod­ern Amer­i­can so­ci­ety. Oth­er­wise, there will be so­ci­etal col­li­sions such as those that have been wit­nessed in Europe, where Mus­lim pop­u­la­tions have grown enor­mously in re­cent decades.

Amer­ica’s le­gal in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Is­lamic doc­trine must be sep­a­rated along po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious lines. The po­lit­i­cal el­e­ments can be de­fined as those com­posed of the con­quer­ing of ter­ri­to­ries or the sub­du­ing of for­eign so­ci­eties, as well as the gov­ern­ing of the con­duct of those so­ci­eties. In other words, the caliphate or Is­lamic State, vi­o­lent ji­hads and Shariah law would all fall within the def­i­ni­tion of “state ac­tiv­i­ties.” Also in­cluded would be the use of the mosque for the preach­ing of vi­o­lence, gov­ern­ment over­throw or the un­der­min­ing of the laws of the land. Sep­a­rate and dis­tinct from th­ese po­lit­i­cal or state ac­tiv­i­ties would be the re­li­gious com­po­nent of Is­lam, which would in­clude the Ko­ran, prayer, teach­ing and other non­po­lit­i­cal so­cial pur­poses.

Any suc­cess­ful in­te­gra­tion of Is­lam into the United States must pro­vide for the sep­a­ra­tion of re­li­gion and state.

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