Rev. Franklin Graham Wants Nonexistent Sharia Law Banned in US

| by Michael Allen
Rev. Franklin Graham.Rev. Franklin Graham.

Rev. Franklin Graham has called for a ban on Sharia law in the U.S. even though it doesn't exist and could not exist because of the U.S. Constitution.

Graham wrote on his Facebook page on June 11:

"The BBC just published a story about life under radical Islam — what it’s really like. This is a vivid reminder of why Sharia law should be banned in the U.S. and all countries that cherish freedom and liberty. Some western governments are actually considering allowing Sharia law in certain Muslim communities in their countries — can you believe it?

"(Islamic State group) is imposing Sharia law on hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Syrians who want to be free. Women are oppressed, Christians and minorities are persecuted and murdered, homosexuals are tortured and killed. President (Barack) Obama seems to be at a loss as to what to do. Pray that God will give him and our leaders wisdom, and pray for all those living under Islam."

The BBC story that Graham linked to does detail horrible human rights abuses by Islamic State group under the guise of Sharia law in Mosul, Iraq, but the article never makes reference to any "western governments are actually considering allowing Sharia law in certain Muslim communities."

Graham failed to mention that oil-rich Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally that receives millions in taxpayer aid, is under Sharia law and has beheaded more people than Islamic State group did in 2014, according to Newsweek.

The Washington Post noted some of the similar punishments that Saudi Arabia and Islamic State group use that are based on Sharia law.

Graham also failed to mention that President Obama has been bombing Islamic State group since 2014, noted Time, and is reportedly planning to send more U.S. troops overseas to train the Iraqi forces, which has already received $26 billion in U.S. aid for defense.

Graham's concern about homosexuals under Sharia law is odd considering he told The Charlotte Observer in 2014 that homosexuals would spend "eternity in hell" if they "chose to continue to live in sin."

As far as banning Sharia law, NBC News reported in 2012 how a federal appeals court shot down a law passed in Oklahoma to ban Sharia law.

In a 2011 article about the beginnings of the anti-Sharia law movement in the U.S., The New York Times notes, "The Establishment Clause of the Constitution forbids the government from favoring one religion over another or improperly entangling itself in religious matters."

Sources: Franklin Graham/Facebook, BBC, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Charlotte Observer, NBC News, The New York Times
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