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Franklin Graham is Starting a Great Conversation about Islam

 

Via TheRightScoop, Franklin Graham, son of the legendary evangelist Billy Graham, spoke some very straightforward words to a reporter from the Charlotte Observer regarding those who would attempt to bring Sharia law into America:

“And I would say to Muslims in this country, if they want to practice Sharia law, go back to where you came from, to those nations that recognize sharia law,” said Graham. “But we have our own laws here.”

I think this is the first Christian leader to have come out, on the offensive, and specifically state his disagreement with Islam, at least in the general court of public opinion.

Of course, I would go further in this conversation and ask the question: “Why do you want to bring Sharia Law into America? What purpose would you have in doing this, when American law already celebrates a diversity of opinion with a respect for others’ views?”

In classical theology (with which I’d expect Mr. Graham is likely schooled), we can certainly compare the values of Christianity versus Islam. Christianity certainly claims no small amount of exclusivity in being right. Therefore, either both religious systems are wrong, or only one is right; there can be no other position, rationally.

But going on from this point, is the premise for an incoming Muslim to eventually convert America to be a fully Islamic nation? I personally would have a problem with that, if for no other reason than our Constitution guarantees a theologically-free State, whereby individuals are free to worship — or not worship — as they choose.

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