The Qur’an is the foundation of Islam. The Holy Bible is the foundation of Christianity. Islam and Christianity are not compatible. But, Muslims and Christians can coexist. Neither has the right nor the privilege to demand acceptance of tenants and/or principles held by the other.
Religious freedom is part of the American way of life. But our country is a Democratic Republic, governed by laws that are in keeping with the founding principles of our nation. No religion, Christian, Muslim, or any other, has the right to disavow or set aside the laws of our nation in favor of any religious edicts. The government of the United States of America is not a religion, even though a person’s individual religious freedom is protected.
Sharia Law does not / cannot supersede the Constitutional statutes of America, any more than the U. S. Constitution can require another country to accept and abide by its conditions. In America, religion is not a form of government. No one, Muslim, Christian, or any other, can replace the Constitution with religious doctrines or dogma.
A major principle for the founding of America is the principle of religious freedom. Citizens and residents can accept, adopt and participate in any form of religion they desire to the extent it does not require undermining the laws of our country, or deny the rights of others to participate in the religion of their choice, or interfere with the unalienable rights declared in the Declaration of Independence. This principle is affirmed in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
With mutual respect for one another Christians and Muslims can enjoy rewarding relationships without the conflicts associated with cultural differences. Adherence to Islamic Law by any and all Muslims may be an acceptable requirement within the jurisdictional boundaries of an Islamic nation, but Islamic Law is not a legal form of government within the United States of America and its territories.
Tolerance is part of the equation necessary for peaceful coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims. Islam, as a belief system, is as acceptable in the American community of faith as is any free-choice form of religion. It is unreasonable and unacceptable for Muslims, or any religious entity, to advocate or encourage physical harm, in any manner, to anyone who does not accept or adhere to a specific set of religious tenants.
Religion is a freedom in the United States, not a dictated form of government wrapped-up in the trappings of a single ideology. Within the United States and its territories religious conversation is acceptable to/for anyone choosing to participate, or not, as the case may be. All religions, Muslims or any others, are allowed to communicate their interpretations of faith with anyone. It’s a matter of choice for anyone to enjoin or reject any or all religious communication without fear of reprisal.
Religious differences have no place in the marketplaces of our communities. Christians, non-Christians, Muslims and non-Muslims, are free to work with or for whomever. It is an individual’s responsibility to seek and secure a position in trade or business that does not conflict with an individual’s religious restrictions. Proprietorship has the privilege to establish operational standards and expect adherence thereto. With religious freedom in place, discrimination due to a person’s religion is illegal.
Again, we are free to choose, or not choose, any form of religion, but we are not free to impose our choice on anyone. As espoused in the Holy Bible, and accepted by all Christians, love toward others is understood to be the appropriate attitude in relating to and interfacing with those who do not have a personal relationship with the Savior, Jesus Christ.