The ‘Islam is different’ argument

Washington Post: by Eugene Volokh —

I have argued that many (though not all) of the things that are condemned as intrusions of Islamic law into American law are actually the applications of traditional American legal principles. Those who believe in equal treatment without regard to religion, I have argued, should extend to Muslims the benefits of those principles just as Christians, Jews and others can take advantage of those principles.

Some, however, have argued that Islam should not be treated the same as those other religions. One line of argument goes so far as to say (in the words of noted televangelist and political figure Pat Robertson) that “Islam is not a religion. It is a political system bent on world domination.”[111]

It’s hard to figure out exactly what the first part of this means. What constitutes a religion for legal purposes can be fuzzy around the edges,[112] but surely Islam — a prominent system of beliefs about God and God’s supposed commands to mankind — must qualify.[113] The argument, I assume, must be that Islam, though it is a religion, is not simply a religion but is also a political ideology and therefore loses its status as a religion for, say, religious accommodation purposes.


1 reply

  1. I may not be qualified to speak on the subject. But I would request posters to read Quran and the life of the Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. That would explain whether Islam can be counted as a religion or not.

    It would be better to read the Bible alongside the Quran to understand what disqualifies Islam only from the list of religions. There is nothing bad or different in Islam. Religion needs firm belief in a God (or gods).
    The real nature of Islam is same as original teachings of Moses and Jesus a.s. that is peace through justice. There is no politics for war or power in Islam. Islam is basically spiritual. It has its principles to safeguard against vice, injustice and oppression. Islam should not be understood by the bad acts of some misguided Muslim Clergy.
    I understand that any faith which guides people from birth to death in its own special way can be taken (called) a religion. By that scale, Judaism, Hinduism, Budhism, Christianity and Islam, all can be called a religion.

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