Re: “Gingrich’s war on Shariah – something he utterly doesn’t understand” (column, 12-14).
Washington Post columnist David Gerson invites us to understand the craziness of Newt Gingrich’s suspicions toward Muslim Shariah law.
But what about the Turkish secularists, the heirs of Attaturk’s separation of powers during the 1920s? Are they crazy too? And what about the “desperate” efforts of Arab Springers in Cairo to maintain a balance against Islamists rushing into the vacuum left in the wake of Hosni Mubarak’s demise (TNT, 12-15)? Are they crazy?
Understanding what’s at stake is simple. Christ himself separated the spheres of authority saying, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.” This decree is found reworded in our Bill of Rights by writers abundantly aware of abuses in our own cultural past that led to despotism.
Now this threat looms from another quarter, another culture, and seeks to metastasize into our own. Is it so very different from the horrors of our own Eurocentric past? Ask the Turks.