The rise of Linda Sarsour as a figure on the Left is yet another reminder of how, for those obsessed with identity politics, the color of a person’s skin is much more important than the content of their character.We’ve already documented here on numerous occasions how Sarsour has attempted to sanitize the horrors of Sharia law over the year. In one tweet she claimed Saudi Arabia wasn’t all that bad for women – sure they don’t let women drive, but they do give women 10 weeks of paid maternity leave! Sarsour is apparently unaware that in Israel (we bring this up because Sarsour claims there’s “nothing creepier than Zionism”) women get fourteen weeks paid leave – and they even enjoy the luxury of driving in the 21st century!
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) June 11, 2017
In another tweet, she informed us that “there are Muslim countries who have women presidents for God’s sake. In Saudi Arabia – “ur boogeyman Islamic state, women are in parliament.” I suppose we’re to assume that these women are being driven to work by their fathers? Regardless, Sarsour conveniently left out the part where Saudi Arabia didn’t elect their first female politicians until….. 2015. Oh – and they had slavery until 1962, but that’s a whole other story.In a more explicit defense of Sharia, she tweeted “You’ll know you’re living under Sharia Law if suddenly all your loans & credit cards become interest free. Sound nice, doesn’t it?” So all we have to do is start chopping the limbs off of thieves, stoning women to death, and executing homosexuals to save some money on interest? What a deal!
As Sarsour is someone who claims to be a defender of the LGBTQIAP90X (OK – I added a few extra letters there) community, naturally it turns a few heads that she continues to defend Sharia. And for her defense? That the bible is just as bad!
As The Blaze reported, sharia law advocate Linda Sarsour, who is also a leader in the “resistance” movement against President Donald Trump, invoked the Bible and Torah on Saturday to defend Islam.On Saturday, demonstrators took to streets across the country in organized anti-Shariah law protests. Of course, they were met with counter protesters who called them racist and “Islamophobic.” But Sarsour spent the day replying to people on Twitter who derided Sharia law as a system of law that oppresses women and homosexuals — two groups of people Sarsour vows to defend.
“If you are going to show me what Islam says about homosexuality, be fair & show me what bible & Torah say. STOP obsession w/ Islam,” Sarsour tweeted Saturday afternoon.
If you are going to show me what Islam says about homosexuality, be fair & show me what bible & Torah say. STOP obsession w/ Islam.
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) June 10, 2017
Of course, context is key here.
In Islam, homosexuality is punishable by death, according to Islamic holy texts. The Islamic State, Saudi Arabia and other radical Islamic groups regularly execute accused gay people by stoning them to death or by throwing them off the roof of tall buildings.
The Torah, which means “teaching” in Hebrew and includes the first five books of the Bible — Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy — does, indeed, say in Leviticus chapter 18 that homosexuality is detestable and abhorrent. It also says in Leviticus chapter 20 that the penalty for homosexuality is death. But simply reading the verse that makes that statement and taking it as the Jewish or Christian perspective on homosexuality would be to grossly take the Scripture out of its context.
First, the 613 laws given to the Hebrews included in the Torah were specific to the Israelites as a group of people who made a covenant with God and they were specific to the time that they were given. So to apply the law thousands of years later is to do the Scriptures a massive disservice.
Second, according to Christianity, Jesus came to fulfill the laws found in the Torah. Not only that, but Jesus, in announcing his Kingdom, raised the standard by which people lived. The Torah said that homosexuality is a detestable sin against God, but Jesus — as per his reaction to the woman found in the midst of adultery in John chapter 8 — likely would have told a man or woman engaged in homosexuality to turn away from their sin and that they are forgiven. In short, Jesus used sacrificial love to confront sin — not death and condemnation.
And of course, an understanding of that context is why it’s Islamic countries that are the only countries where homosexuality is punishable by death.
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) June 11, 2017
Better luck next time Linda.