Friday, August 7, 2009

Modern Democracy:Halacha vs Islamic Law

JPost Daniel PIpes

Those of us who argue against Shari'a are sometimes asked why Islamic law poses a problem when modern Western societies long ago accommodated Halacha, Jewish law.

The answer is easy: Islam is a missionizing religion, Judaism is not. Islamists aspire to apply Islamic law to everyone, while observant Jews seek only to live by Jewish law themselves.

Two very recent examples from the United Kingdom demonstrate the innate imperialism of Islamic law. The first concerns Queens Care Centre, an old-age home in the coal town of Maltby, 40 miles east of Manchester. At present, according to the Daily Telegraph, not one of its 37 staff or 40 residents is Muslim. Although the home's management asserts a respect for its residents' "religious and cultural beliefs," QCC's owner since 1994, Zulfikar Ali Khan, on his own decided this year to switch the home's meat purchases to a halal butcher.

His stealthy decision meant pensioners at QCC could no longer eat bacon and eggs, bangers and mash, ham sandwiches, bacon sandwiches, pork pies, bacon butties or sausage rolls. The switch prompted widespread anger. The relative of one resident called it "a disgrace. The old people who are in the home and in their final years deserve better... it's shocking that they should be deprived of the food they like on the whim of this man."[...]


  1. Islam forbids proselytizing just as Judaism does.

    If an observant Jew owns a nursing home, he is also required by Jewish law to serve food that is kosher at least D'oraita (according to the Written law).

    This means no pork, shellfish, mixtures of meat and milk and only kosher meat at the minimum.

    It is not permitted for a Jew to deal in D'oraita forbidden foods in any manner although there are some opinions which permit a Jew to deal in Rabbinically forbidden foods.

    In this manner Islamic law poses EXACTLY the same "problem" as halacha.

    It continues to puzzle me some Jews protest a Muslim's right to practice Islamic law when in doing so, they are also protesting their own freedom to practice Judaism.

  2. while observant Jews seek only to live by Jewish law themselves.

    THEN why the weekly Shabbos rallies?


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