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Christians Blast Ballot Initiative Banning Sharia Law In Alabama


Is common sense making a come back among Christian conservatives?

Think Progress

Next week, Alabama voters will be asked to cast their ballots on Amendment 1, a carefully worded measure that would prohibit “the application of foreign law” in the state’s courts. The ballot initiative is ultimately seeking to ban sharia law, an increasingly popular right-wing legislative tactic that serves to demonize the Islamic faith as something that Americans need to be protected from.

The push to ban sharia law is often spearheaded by prominent Religious Right figures like Pat Robertson and Bryan Fischer. But somewhat of a different scene is playing out in Alabama in the lead up to the election, as Christian leaders in the state are speaking out against Amendment 1.

Randy Brinson, the president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama — one of the state’s largest network of conservative evangelicals — is one of the religious figures lending his voice to the opposition campaign. In an interview with the Birmingham News this week, Brinson said that the effort to pass Amendment 1 is “just silliness,” adding that “it’s all something that lawmakers can trumpet back to constituents that they’re protecting Christian values, but they need to be working on other stuff.”

“Sharia law is not going to be implemented in Alabama, it just isn’t,” Brinson said. “This is a tremendous waste of effort… My frustration is that people — good people — get behind something like this just because they want to score political points with the Christian community. But it’s redundant — you don’t need to amend the constitution to address these issues. I just don’t think they thought through this particular thing.”

Plus, Brinson opposes Amendment 1 because he believes it would communicate to other countries that Alabama doesn’t respect their laws. He also worries the measure could impose additional barriers on people seeking to complete foreign adoptions, get married abroad, or conduct business with colleagues outside the United States’ borders.

And he’s using those messages to rally members of his organization to vote against the ballot initiative. In email blasts sent to the Christian Coalition of Alabama, Brinson urges members to sign a petition against Amendment 1 to “protect Alabama from unnecessary laws” and “protect international adoptions.”

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  • HSkol

    I absolutely see your point. Hmm. I wonder if either could be the case, depending upon whom we are speaking about. I’ve got to think this through. Putting our points side-by-side has given me a head-scratching moment. 🙂 [I don’t know how to make a confused face, so I smile.]

  • Awesome

    I think only the most vocal of this group (Western Christians) are pro-Zionist, and likely only because of their own Islamophobia.

    I’m inclined to think the opposite, in that they are Islamophobic because they are pro-Zionist, rather than that they are pro-Zionist because they are Islamophobic. But otherwise, I agree that a lot of Christians are probably pro-Israel because they consider it to be a part of their own past/heritage.

  • HSkol

    Side note: I think most Western Christians are “pro-Israel”, but only inasmuch as they consider Israel a part of their own past/heritage. I think only the most vocal of this group (Western Christians) are pro-Zionist, and likely only because of their own Islamophobia. Just my simple observation, right or wrong. For goodness’ sake I hope I’m not wrong.

  • Awesome

    Not necessarily. Sometimes nazis who would rather nuke the middle east are neither Zionists or nonzionist.

    Yes, but Nazis do not seem to be specifically or exclusively against Muslims, but rather seem to basically be against everyone else besides themselves, including Muslims. Zionists on the other hand, seem to be more specifically against Muslims than anyone else, even more so than they are against anti-Zionist non-Muslims.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    It’s not even an “even” for me. I sympathise with the onslaught by militant atheists and secularists Christians have to fend off against in the UK because the troubles we both face are very similar a lot of the time.

  • The greenmantle

    I dont think we could find a venue big enough unfortunetly even the internet is not big enough to house such concentrated stupidity some days

    Sir David

  • Awesome

    Well, obviously they’re going to be pro-Israel (most Western Christians seem to be so these days), but I am curious as to how zealous they are about that, as even though they may be pro-Israel, they don’t seem to be very aggressive about it.

  • Just_Stopping_By

    “Therefore, I am curious to know how strong of a position they have with regards to Zionism.”

    Well, why don’t we look at what they say on their webpage?

    “The controversial program adopted by the Tennessee General Assembly in
    2010, would ultimately force the adoption of standards and textbooks
    that threaten our pro-Western, pro-Israel and Judeo/Christian values in

    Yup, this anti-Islamophobic group is pro-Israel. Facts are awesome.

  • Awesome

    It isn’t Muslim fundamentalism, but Islam and Muslims in general, that they are “fed up” with. Being fed up with people wanting to do things amongst themselves that has nothing to do with anyone else because of some unjustified fear of what some of them might do someday, is quite irrational.

  • Awesome

    Those who are against Muslims specifically also tend to be Zionists. Likewise, those who don’t really believe in Zionism also aren’t really against Muslims specifically.

  • Awesome

    “Islamophobia” today is largely the brainchild of Zionism and like all other phobias, it is entirely irrational. Given that the “Christian Coalition of Alabama” seems to be taking a rational approach to this amendment, it would appear that they are not really blinded by Islamophobia. By extension, this also suggests that they probably aren’t totally blinded by Zionism either. Therefore, I am curious to know how strong of a position they have with regards to Zionism.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    We should also have an annual troll awards event

  • I’m surprised Brinson didn’t mention that such a law would also prevent the recognition of judgments by Beth Din courts, (since evangelical Christians love Israel, and think that it is real.

  • The greenmantle

    Oh dear Maybe Loonwatch should have an award event .

    And the winner for the biggest fraud on the net goes too………….;

  • Dr.S

    The ballot initiative seeking to ban sharia law is the brainchild of State Sen. Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa), who sponsored the original, failed version of the bill in 2011. Critics panned Allen for being unable to name any examples of Alabama Muslims attempting to enforce Sharia. His bill received another major blow when the Anniston Star revealed its text had been partially plagiarized from Wikipedia.

    Allen is still a fixture in extremist circles. Last month, he received a national security award from ACT! for America, an anti-Islam group founded by Brigitte Gabriel.

  • John Smith

    As a Muslim, even I sometimes feel bad at the way Christianity are bashed in America. Conservatives need to realize that banning imaginary threats is only wasting precious time and effort that can actually be used to defend their faith.

  • mindy1

    YAY people are starting to think again :))))

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