Should we continue to oppose Sharia law’s extreme punishments and the movement to incorporate Sharia law into our legal system? Absolutely. (See this related essay.) But we should avoid cavalierly dismissing all Muslim moral views in the process. Instead, we should evaluate those views fairly, understanding that in some cases they reflect not only the teachings of Islam but the traditional teachings of Christianity, as well.
Vincent Ryan Ruggiero is Professor of Humanities Emeritus, State University of New York, Delhi College. Prior to his twenty-nine year career in education, he was a social caseworker and an industrial engineer. His latest book isCorrupted Culture: Rediscovering America’s Enduring Principles, Values, and Common Sense.This article was originally pubished in Catholic Journal US and is reprinted with permission.