I ‘ve decided to start a new segment at Logical Libertarian called Memebuster. I will attempt to debunk memes largely based on ideology, and rarely containing any factual information. Let’s start with this one from a friend on Twitter. I’ll answer them one at a time:
Government based on religion
While Republicans are definitely quite commonly supporting laws based on their own religious ideology, none have ever promoted the idea of abolishing the 1st amendment and legislating the Bible, or any other religion.
There’s a difference between promoting a law based on religious beliefs, and adopting a government based solely on religion.
Women have fewer rights than men
Under Sharia law, women can’t even show their face, can be murdered if they get raped—being deemed as adulterers, aren’t allowed to drive a car, etc.
No one in the GOP is promoting such a notion.
This is entirely about positions on abortion. We’re all against murder, but in the eyes of many on the right, abortion is seen as the murder of an innocent child. There is no scientific evidence that can deem them wrong.
While I’m personally pro-choice prior to fetal-viability, it’s merely my opinion, and positions on abortion always will be. But it is NEVER about taking away women’s rights for the GOP, they’re trying to protect the rights of the unborn as they see it.
Disagree if you must, as I do, but don’t lie by saying they’re against women’s rights.
Homosexuality is outlawed
No GOP legislator is promoting making homosexuality a crime. They are against it being called marriage, since many are religious and consider marriage a religious institution. But many GOPs support civil unions, and some have even evolved on gay marriage.
This is a wildly hyperbolic overstatement by this meme.
Rejecting Science In Favor of Religious Doctrine
Many lawmakers on the left and right are religious. Many are not scientists. When you don’t understand a particular field of science, you will largely default to your beliefs. This is not unique to Republicans.
Politicians on both sides promote religion and/or science when it serves their interests.
For instance, Democrats promote the idea of giving, often quoting the Bible, when they promote socialist policies that take from people with money, and give to people who don’t have money. Despite the science of economics that shows that socialism has never lifted an economy out of ruin.
Republicans are usually accused of being anti-science on global warming, but there isn’t a religious reason for doing that, they just believe that the predictive models aren’t settled science.
I cannot think of any issue where they ignore science because of religious dogma. Most accept that the Earth isn’t 6,000 years old, most call a doctor before a priest when they’re sick, and most consider scientific evidence when offered it, as related to proposed legislation.
No separation between church and state
Again, no Republican is promoting a repeal of the 1st amendment, or amending it. I would also like to point out that “separation of church and state” is not even in the Constitution, which instead points out that no law should be passed prohibiting or mandating religion. That’s a pretty big distinction.
There are no proposed laws from Republicans trying to force someone to be religious, but instead to enforce they’re opinion of morality based on their religion.
In other words, no Republican is forcing you to be religious, but they don’t want you smoking marijuana, for instance, because they think it’s just wrong—largely based on their own religious conditioning.
Religion is taught in schools
This is half-true. Many Republicans want religion allowed to be taught in school, but none are promoting the idea that it must be taught in school under penalty of law, such as Sharia law would dictate.
Abortion is illegal
This is probably the only fair similarity in this meme. Many Republicans are anti-choice on the issue of abortion because again, they believe it’s murder.
You can disagree with them if you like, but their decision isn’t an oppressive one, it’s about saving what they believe to be a human life, a principle we all agree on in theory, we just disagree on when a life becomes a life.
11 thoughts on “Memebuster – Sharia Law Is Identical To The Republican Platform”
A very good and fair breakdown! Thanks for being level-headed (sign of a true libertarian)
But muslims are strong opponents of marriage equality and strong supporters of abortion.
Read the http://s3.amazonaws.com/texasgop_pre/assets/original/2012Platform_Final.docx
The nuance can be argued – they are not EXACTLY the same but the underlying narrative is the same.
Read this Texas GOP platform doc. Narrative is the same – when thinking is that – demons of irrationality does not take long to take over. See Mr Trump and T-party mix. Not all repubs may agree on all ideas what called Sharia – and degree matter – however new bread of crowd supporting Republican that has taken over have shown those demons public and
NOT TRUE Sharíah LAW will 1)SEIZE YOUR PROPERTY, 2)ENULL ALL NON-MUSLIM MARRIAGES, 3)Take OWNERSHIP Of YOUR FEMALES & ENSLAVE THEM, 4)Take Your SMALL CHILDREN & FORCE THEM TO CONVERT TO ISLAM Only to RETURN TO KILL ANY REMAINING FAMILY or be KILLED (Devsirme=Blood Tax), 5)BEHEAD YOU for being NON-MUSLIMS, 6)MARRY CHILDREN of ANY AGE, 7)THIGHING OF CHILDREN (Mufakhazat Alzigaar), 8)DESTROY Anything NOT ISLAMIC, 9)LIE & DECEIVE ALL NON-MUSLIMS (Taqiyyah-Tawriya-Muruna-Kitman-Darura-Muda’rat-Taysir), 10)EXECUTE DHUMMI’S as per Mohammad’s dying Wishes (Khaibar Jews legal Precedence), 11)EXECUTE All REMAINING NON-MUSLIMS 12)ENFORCE STRICT SHAR’IAH LAW Upon ALL CITIZENS to CREATE ISLAMIC CALIPHATE of TOTAL GLOBAL DOMINANCE Over the ENTIRE PLANET & only AFTER ALL NON-MUSLIMS HAVE BEEN EXECUTED CAN THERE BE ANY PEACE (Last time I checked thats Not PEACE but GENOCIDE), while I can continue last time I CHECKED NONE OF THESE ARE THE SAME AS THE REPUBLICANS POLICIES So I call BULLSHITE On Your LIES & DECEPTIONS just because you are IGNORANT or a DELIBERATE LIAR Doesn’t make Your LIES TRUE. The Biggest THREAT FROM ISLAM is NOT TERRORISM BUT DECEPTIONS & it allows ISLAM TO SPREAD & WEAKENS EVERYBODY. They will Never ASSIMILATE because they Aren’t in the WEST TO ASSIMILATE BUT TO CONQUER & KILL You All. They will NEVER OBEY THE LAW because the 2ND RULE OF JIHAD says So, but the 3RD & 4TH RULES OF JIHAD is to ALWAYS PLAY VICTIMS AFTER ATTACKING INNOCENTS BY TWISTING THE TRUTH WITH LIES. Which is the same thing you are DOING RIGHT NOW WITH THIS BULLSHITE so Take your LYING ARSE STRAIGHT TO HELL & SHUT THE FCUK UP
I just cannot wait until you update this article 2 years into this beautiful all red, all republican Trump presidency.
To me it’s governing on religious views that makes the two groups similar. I think we can all agree that there is some crazy stuff in most if not all major religious text. To push even one minuscule bit of religion into politics and law is exactly what we were founded to avoid. The GOP seems to be the only party pushing a religious based agenda on various fronts and blurring the line between church and state.
All-caps guy is pretty much the poster child for Sharia and the Republican nation of stupid. In unwilling fairness, the ‘thuglicans aren’t really Sharia. They are entirely into Stupid. Any resemblance is because Sharia is pretty stupid to begin with. “Hey let’s make up a religion where men abuse women and children and claim we got it straight from Moroni.” whoops, typo, meant to say “Jaweh”. Typo again, meant to say “St Paul”. Really tried to type “Allah the merciful”. Really. Not. Separation of church and state is a really good idea: Keep the nasty creeps from ruining everyone else’s lives. Pity their children.
‘thuglicans are stupid. Dunning-Krueger stupid. Worse are their shepherds, the authoritarians. ‘thuglicans scream “Freedom” and deny it to themselves and everyone else. At least the shepherds want freedom for themselves (but not you or me or their sheep.) The ‘thuglican herd bleats for them.
Hey, ‘thuglicans: exercise your right to bear arms to defend the Constitution: shoot yourselves in your mindless heads.
Libertarians lost their way when they started listening to Ayn. Dudes, there is a middle way. ‘thuglicans never had a way. They are just down to the bone evil.
Protip: “Liberty” means WE the People get to live OUR lives the way WE want to, not the way you totalitarian traitors want us to exist. Again, ‘thuglicans, please shoot yourselves or, preferably, die in a fire. Slowly.
This article certainly hasn’t aged quite so well.
Many republicans today DO want to make it illegal to be gay.
They are not just trying to make abortion illegal; many want to set up pregnancy registries to keep track of pregnant woman who might go to another state to have an abortion or get an illegal one in their own state. It’s not ‘entirely’ about abortion, it’s about freedom from undue surveillance and the right to do things in other states.
Many Republican controlled states ARE moving toward requiring the teaching of religion ideas in schools under penalty of law, such as creationism.
Maybe in 2015 it didn’t look like republicans were working to implement something like Sharia Law in America, but 7 years later they have gotten closer and closer to it and are well on track to doing just that.