Buzzfeed misleads readers about Sharia Law.
Let us stipulate to several facts: First, the world is full of bigots. Second, drunken people, when drunk, often do stupid things. Third, drunken bigots, when drunk, often do really stupid and offensive things.
If we can stipulate to those facts, then you will understand that this is not about the stupidity of a drunken idiot doing something really offensive but more about a dangerously deceptive statement a Buzzfeed writer who wrote about the drunken idiot made.
Here’s the short version: In Texas, a drunk guy made some really offensive statements to a Muslim family on a public beach in Texas. The offensive behavior was captured on video. The man is also, apparently, a fan of Donald Trump’s. For his offensive stupidity, the man was arrested.
Buzzfeed, in its typical liberal fashion, decided to make a story of it, correctly pointing out that the Muslim family was victimized by the drunk.
If Buzzfeed writer Talal Ansari merely wrote the facts of the story, the facts would be offensive enough. However, he did not.
Instead, Ansari needed to deceive his readers.
During his drunken tirade aimed at the Muslim family, the drunk made this statement: “You will never ever, ever stop me, my Christianity,” the man says, “from rising above your sharia law. Your sharia law don’t mean shit to me.”
This is where Buzzfeed writer, Talal Ansari, decided to dumb down Buzzfeed’s readers even further:
“Sharia — a religious code of conduct,” Ansari wrote “no different than those contained in other Abrahamic religions — has often been used as a fear-inducing term associated with anti-Western beliefs in recent years.”
What is an Abrahamic religion?
“The Abrahamic religions refer to three sister monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) that claim the prophet Abraham (Hebrew: Avraham אַבְרָהָם ; Arabic: Ibrahim ابراهيم ) as their common forefather,” according to the New World Encyclopedia.
In other words, to Buzzfeed’s Ansara, the codes of conduct Sharia law is “no different” than those contained in Christianity and Judaism.
That is not only problematic, but extremely deceptive on many levels.
Neither Christianity nor Judaism have the same codes of conduct.
In fact, the key tenets of Sharia law and, therefore, its code of conduct are very different than Christianity and Judaism.
Here are but a few examples:
- Theft is punishable by amputation of the right hand.
- Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
- Criticizing Muhammad or denying that he is a prophet is punishable by death.
- Criticizing or denying Allah is punishable by death.
- A Muslim who becomes a non-Muslim is punishable by death.
- A non-Muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is punishable by death.
- A non-Muslim man who marries a Muslim woman is punishable by death.
- A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is 9 years old.
The list goes on; however, “while other legal codes regulate public behavior, Sharia law regulates public behavior, private behavior and even private beliefs.”
As importantly, neither Christianity nor Judaism advocate lying—Sharia law does, if it is intended to deceive non-Muslims.
Apparently, Buzzfeed’s Ansara knows this.