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by Jane Bate and Bryan Hermansdorfer, ©2020
(Jul. 13, 2020) — [Editor’s Note: The previous three articles in this series can be found here.]
Our Second Amendment guarantees that “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.” There are no exclusions; the amendment applies to all ages, genders, races and religions. Now let us see how sharia rulings on weaponry compare with those of our Constitution.
The Reliance of the Traveller mentions, on at least two occasions, the prohibition against non-Muslims owning weapons. In section k1.2(f), it states: “It is a condition that someone buying weapons be of a people who are not at war with Muslims.” Since it is an obligatory goal of Islam to establish a global caliphate, there is perpetual tension (whether overt or not) between Muslim and non-Muslim territories. In section w52.1, lines 189-193 includes the prohibition of sales of “weapons to non-Muslims who will use them against us.”
Additionally, Mark Durie, in his book The Third Choice, writes that dhimmis (non-Muslim subjects of the Islamic state) “could not bear weapons….. and they were forbidden from raising a hand against a Muslim.”
Our Eighth Amendment guarantees “no cruel and unusual punishments,” while Sharia, on the other hand, sanctions: amputations (o14.1), crucifixions (p22.1), stonings (o12.2, o12.6), lashings (o12.2) and other horrific punishments. And the reasons for these extreme Islamic punishments vary considerably from that which is punishable under our U.S. laws:
- Gays are killed simply for being gay (p17.3);
- Apostates are killed for leaving Islam (o8.1);
- Non-Muslims may be killed without penalty to the Muslim murderer (o1.2);
- Children may be killed by their parents or grandparents for bringing dishonor to the family (o1.2);
- Amputations are punishment for theft (o14.1);
- Stonings or lashings are punishment for fornication (o12.2); and on it goes.
Our next article will discuss Amendments 13 and 14.