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April 2nd, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Law expert explains Sharia and Islam

CNN's Soledad O'Brien sits down with Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, who describes the basics of Sharia law and the difference between Islam and Sharia law. O’Brien chronicles the dramatic fight over the construction of a mosque in the heart of the Bible belt on “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door,” airing at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET April 2 on CNN.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Islam • Sharia

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  1. Dane

    Sharia is another name for Islam, however deals with practice. Every Muslim who is submitted, bowed down to the will of Allah, and not his or her whims desires or associations, is doing sharia day & night, 24 by 7.
    The Quran is the primary source and Sahiih hadeeth (authentic traditions) interpretation. Islam is all about prophets (peace be upon him) personal 23 years experience in this world, and rest is not prophet's experience, so is not Islam, not sharia.
    Media & some hate filled hearts ares trying to present Sharia as another bogey man. Don't pay heed to those who create doubts about others based on agenda, hate, anger, and ignorance.

    April 15, 2011 at 12:07 am |
  2. Aflan

    Creation is by Creator .. all human beings are GOD creations , All the religions need to respect each other , Islam is a religion of peace to all Humankind not just Muslim . The realty is Islam is for all Human kind , Muslim are not the gatekeepers as they seem to be , that is where the whole problem is .

    April 14, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  3. ben

    There is no other name that we have been give under the sun that to be save its Jesus the son of the Living God ,there is no other way to God ...............Jesus is the only way. Jesus is the live giver not the life taker like mohammed ............Jesus is the holy one ....mohammed was a sinner ..............Jesus heals with his word........mohammed kills by his sword ......What Jesus say in gospel Matt He Say they will take and kill you because they think they doing the will of God,they doing it in the name of God..... by doing that ,they will do it and will take you and kill you .......as i say no matter what happen people they try to cover by the truth is always in the bible ...........let the qurean known to all ........

    April 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  4. Alffredo

    The Koran was written over 1400 yrs ago. I don't see it's relevance now in the 21st century. All these holy books were written by man and his interpretation. If a man went into the woods and had an a "experience" where he claims God spoke to him (for real or not) they would be declared " a nut" today. Sorry I believe in myself not some imaginary being....

    April 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
    • ben

      the qurean has been copy from the bible and they try to say even Jesus is in the qrean and they say we have Tora.if is not copy why he mixed up the sister of Mosse and the mother of Jesus ?you tell me if you know your qurean

      April 14, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  5. Hasan

    Allah is the Moon God. Therefore Islam is a False Religion. ( I was born a Muslim til I found the Truth)

    April 14, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Muneef

      Hasan.

      Born a Muslim does not make of you a Muslim ! You become Muslim only when you become to know about what is within the Quran accepting it and what came within it...

      But Hasan may I ask which part of the Quran that says Muslims ought to worship the Moon or the Sun or any thing other than God?

      Another thing if I may to ask you, what is the Truth you said have found?

      April 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Nauman

      Can't see what other truth anyone needs to find after reading the Glorious Quran.. when I see people not understanding or believing in Quran, I realize why there are two distinct destinies for humans after death.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • ben

      ya you right you gotta it that is the truth

      April 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • ben

      hasan you r right people don't know what is in the qurean muslim never been a peace religin its a false god allah its a false god
      munfee let the qurean speak not you ........and you will know the truth

      April 14, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • Nauman

      Ben.. anyone will be able to guide you to a point, and that`s what I was trying to do. but there is no cure for blind hearts. May God show you the right path, if that means anything to you

      April 15, 2011 at 1:08 am |
  6. Muneef

    Havildar..

    The summery told about the source of Sharia laws and about Submission (Islam) that haves you in concern;

    The message of God to Abraham that Abraham named as 'Submission' being the Religion God wanted for us to hold to as per guidance of the scriptures inspired and revealed amongst their best of men (Prophets&Messengers of God)...kindly read the verses that explains it all and as a guidance as how it should the brotherhood between the people of the book as all be considered believers to what these verses come with;
    Honoring Previous Scripture
    [5:44] We have sent down the Torah, containing guidance and light. Ruling in accordance with it were the Jewish prophets, as well as the rabbis and the priests, as dictated to them in GOD's scripture, and as witnessed by them. Therefore, do not reverence human beings; you shall reverence Me instead. And do not trade away My revelations for a cheap price. Those who do not rule in accordance with GOD's revelations are the disbelievers.

    The Law of Equivalence
    [5:45] And we decreed for them in it that: the life for the life, the eye for the eye, the nose for the nose, the ear for the ear, the tooth for the tooth, and an equivalent injury for any injury. If one forfeits what is due to him as a charity, it will atone for his sins. Those who do not rule in accordance with GOD's revelations are the unjust.

    ____________________________________________________________
    *5:44 The Torah is a collection of all the scriptures revealed through all the prophets of Israel prior to Jesus Christ, i.e., today's Old Testament. Nowhere in the Quran do we find that the Torah was given to Moses.

    The Gospel of Jesus: Guidance and Light
    [5:46] Subsequent to them, we sent Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming the previous scripture, the Torah. We gave him the Gospel, containing guidance and light, and confirming the previous scriptures, the Torah, and augmenting its guidance and light, and to enlighten the righteous.

    [5:47] The people of the Gospel shall rule in accordance with GOD's revelations therein. Those who do not rule in accordance with GOD's revelations are the wicked.

    Quran: The Ultimate Reference
    [5:48] Then we revealed to you this scripture, truthfully, confirming previous scriptures, and superseding them. You shall rule among them in accordance with GOD's revelations, and do not follow their wishes if they differ from the truth that came to you. For each of you, we have decreed laws and different rites. Had GOD willed, He could have made you one congregation. But He thus puts you to the test through the revelations He has given each of you. You shall compete in righteousness. To GOD is your final destiny – all of you – then He will inform you of everything you had disputed.

    [5:49] You shall rule among them in accordance with GOD's revelations to you. Do not follow their wishes, and beware lest they divert you from some of GOD's revelations to you. If they turn away, then know that GOD wills to punish them for some of their sins. Indeed, many people are wicked.

    [5:50] Is it the law of the days of ignorance that they seek to uphold? Whose law is better than GOD's for those who have attained certainty?
         

    April 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Muneef

      This meaning if the people of the book of the faith of Abraham who believed as a monotheist in God only not assigning sons or partners to him and would consider the Quran as scripture confirming previous scriptures that came before it..
      Believing in that even if each remained as with different prophets,laws&rites remaining within the truth of the revelations....
      All that has to be needed is to cross out any belief of a begotten son or trinity that has over turned the Table over the Abrahamic Faith to become scattered as it is between them and among them into many branches...   
             

      April 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • Muneef

      Seems this is the only way to untangle the mess that we reached in to... This is my Religious Advice to overcome all complications....! I think this is a better way than giving up the whole Holy Religion and Belief in Exchange for a Secular Bible that meant to take them all over with time,while the rest fight in dispute among them selves??

      April 13, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
    • Muneef

      Distorting the Word of God
      [2:75] Do you expect them to believe as you do, when some of them used to hear the word of GOD, then distort it, with full understanding thereof, and deliberately?

      Concealing the Word of God
      [2:76] And when they meet the believers, they say, "We believe," but when they get together with each other, they say, "Do not inform (the believers)of the information given to you by GOD, lest you provide them with support for their argument concerning your Lord. Do you not understand?"

      [2:77] Do they not know that GOD knows everything they conceal, and everything they declare?

      [2:78] Among them are gentiles who do not know the scripture, except through hearsay, then assume that they know it.

      [2:79] Therefore, woe to those who distort the scripture with their own hands, then say, "This is what GOD has revealed," seeking a cheap material gain. Woe to them for such distortion, and woe to them for their illicit gains.
      __________________________________________________
      The Quran: God's Message to the Jews and Christians
      [5:15] O people of the scripture, our messenger has come to you to proclaim for you many things you have concealed in the scripture, and to pardon many other transgressions you have committed. A beacon has come to you from GOD, and a profound scripture.

      [5:16] With it, GOD guides those who seek His approval. He guides them to the paths of peace, leads them out of darkness into the light by His leave, and guides them in a straight path.
      __________________________________________________
      You Shall Not Make Any Distinction Among God's Messengers
      [4:150] Those who disbelieve in GOD and His messengers, and seek to make distinction among GOD and His messengers, and say, "We believe in some and reject some," and wish to follow a path in between;

      [4:151] these are the real disbelievers. We have prepared for the disbelievers a shameful retribution.

      [4:152] As for those who believe in GOD and His messengers, and make no distinction among them, He will grant them their recompense. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
      __________________________________________________
           

      April 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • Nauman

      Jazak Allah..

      April 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • ben

      the qurean has been copy from the bible and they try to say even Jesus is in the qrean and they say we have Tora.if is not copy why he mixed up the sister of Mosse and the mother of Jesus ?you tell me if you know your qurean .everything you read in qurean is just a copy fom the bible with mis cotreccet like Joseph smith did in his book of mormon and you should accept him too because he say as mohammed did ........

      April 14, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  7. toxictown

    All religions at their core are intolerant and hateful. "I am right, you are wrong". "Belive this, or else." Such crapola.

    April 13, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  8. ya'akov

    How is a jihadist different from a crusader, ignoring the time periods, they both were in "holy wars" with the goal of exterminating the other religion.

    April 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  9. ya'akov

    How is a jihadist different from a crusader, ignoring the time periods, thy both were in "holy wars" with the goal of exterminating the other religion.

    April 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  10. Freethinker

    The really funny part about this argument is that Sharia law is almost identical to Old Testament law, recognising the so-called Ten Commandments, and other Old Testament law. Except some huge differences, one being that the Old Testament, for instance, says god will punish sinners children unto the "3rd and 4th generations." The Qu'ran says that sinners bear their own sin, and is not continued on in their children. In Shari'a law women could obtain divorces without the husband's consent for hundreds of years before Christian women could obtain divorces for any reason.
    Shari'a law is just basically a code of conduct for personal life. Read it, you will be surprised at how fair many of it's
    precepts are.
    But yet there are Christians who work relentlessly to make Old Testament law the legal code of the United States. The Republican Party platform states outright that one of it's goals is to declare the United States a Christian country.
    Christians for the most part don't read their Holy Bible that they are so fond of defending. They only listen to what the preacher says or read a "watered down feel-good" version.

    April 13, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  11. Noah Benzing

    There is no difference between Islam and Sharia Law. Sharia Law is Islam, Islam is Sharia Law. Don't let this deception of an article fool you!

    April 13, 2011 at 7:16 am |
  12. Child of God

    Jesus said we would be hated by all men because of Him. Luke 21:17. Christians are being persecuted but it is not making headline news. At least the Lord knows His own and they know Him. That is what it is all about, relationship with the One who can save to the uttermost. Forever. Amen.

    April 13, 2011 at 2:19 am |
    • ya'akov

      but neither are most of the cases where Christians' are the ones who are persecuting

      April 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  13. David

    ...and yes, I do belive in God. A god, not yours,or hers- mine.
    If you can abide with that, fine but if you can't then keep it to yourself. I'll give you the time and space to believe as you like- on your property but I want freedom of religion to straightforwardly respect my right to be and believe differently.If you want to dance under the next full moon,offer up burnt offerings to the Asparagus God and listen the the Mary Poppins backwards- fine, don't let it interfer with my life in anyway whatsoever and we'll do just fine. I had aman with whom I do business call on me today and as he left he just had to push a Pentecostals pamplet into my hand. I almost had a stroke.
    Freedom of religion to me means freedom from religion.Period!

    April 13, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  14. David

    I think its time to modify the 1st Amendment.
    I do not want to live in a religious United States in any form,fasion or interpretation. I don't want religion to affect our law,much less our culture, but that's a stretch. Maybe in another century. If you insist upon believing or practicing a particular religion and you wish to do so IN YOU HOME, then go for it. However,not in public,not in business or school or anywhere else. Here's why. I find talmudic law offensive in some areas. Evangelical Christian just irritate the hell out of me with their whining and absurd tales about 'our founding fathers'. Sharia law is completely against anything American. The solkution then is to remove religion from the United States in as much as is possible since it all boils down to a simple basic fact. As our Consitution stands today, we must respect Christians,Muslims,Christians,Jews Wiccans and everything that even resembles a religion. The best thing we can do is be rid of them all !

    April 13, 2011 at 1:12 am |
  15. annabelle

    According to the Holy Bible, Islam would be classified as "antichrist" since it denies the diety of Jesus. I believe this is why we are hearing so much about Islam now, and it's being forced on everyone to "respect" it. It is time for the Antichrist, so this will happen more and more.

    April 13, 2011 at 12:11 am |
    • David

      Who cares, Annabelle? So what? I think all of you have some burnt chips on your boards.

      April 13, 2011 at 1:23 am |
    • Noah Benzing

      Agree. And it's David who is burnt 🙂

      April 13, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • Havildar

      Well what would you call the Jews? They do not belive in Jesus Christ? Yet all 3 religions worship the same God. The Old Testament in the Bible, Talmud and the Koran have the same players and stories with some slight differences but the Laws are the same.

      April 13, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Clare

      You got it Annabell. Anyone who denies Jesus was the begotton son of God , come in the flesh, as the one and only way to God
      is Antichrist. That falsehood has always been here, What is scary to me is Christians (supposedly) saying maybe there are other ways. Maybe if you are sincere, whatever God you believe in .is OK. Then they are saying Jesus Christ didn't mean what he said.
      They should stop calling themselves Christians. You can't pick and choose which things Jesus said to believe.The Bible means what it says, and says what it means. Find another book to read, if you deny the truth. If it's not true to you, stop wasteing your time
      arguing with people who will never stop believing. Don't believe everyone who calls themself Christian, either. We don't hate,we aren't racist. We do believe in treating people as we want to be treated.
      I know enough about Islam to know I would not want to live in any Islamic country. Not that I could, as a Christian. Where I go, my Bible goes...btw, how come Muslims can build mosques in my country, but won;t allow Christian churches to be in theirs? They can have their koran here but allow no Bibles to desecrate their lands? Should tell you something.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Clare

      You got it Annabell. Anyone who denies Jesus was the begotton son of God , come in the flesh, as the one and only way to God
      is Antichrist. That falsehood has always been here, What is scary to me is Christians (supposedly) saying maybe there are other ways. Maybe if you are sincere, whatever God you believe in .is OK. Then they are saying Jesus Christ didn't mean what he said.
      They should stop calling themselves Christians. You can't pick and choose which things Jesus said to believe.The Bible means what it says, and says what it means. Find another book to read, if you deny the truth. If it's not true to you, stop wasteing your time
      arguing with people who will never stop believing. Don't believe everyone who calls themself Christian, either. We don't hate,we aren't racist. We do believe in treating people as we want to be treated.
      I know enough about Islam to know I would not want to live in any Islamic country. Not that I could, as a Christian. Where I go, my Bible goes...btw, how come Muslims can build mosques in my country, but won;t allow Christian churches to be in theirs? They can have their koran here but allow no Bibles to desecrate their lands? Should tell you something.
      Forgot to say, The only place in the Mid-East I would feel safe, as a Christian, is Israel. You see Mosques, Jewish Temples and Christian churches. And that should tell you something.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Nauman

      There is nothing in Islam that can be classified as 'antichrist'. Islam does not deny the diety of Jesus, it rather confirms it by reminding that Jesus, son of Mary, was a prophet of God (not God's son). Bible, as it has reached us, has changed. It was even not there as a compiled book at the time of Prophet Mohammad's birth.
      You are right, time of antichrist is close, and Christians will also see with their own eyes when antichrist comes. By the way, Christ, son of Mary, will decend too. Time will tell..
      Surprising thing is that those who believe in Bible, have they read Quran with an open heart just once?

      April 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • Nauman

      @ Clare..we respect Jesus as a true prophet of God. But God is far above than what you believe is said in bible. Same God has sent Quran to clarify and remove any doubts. Jesus never said what was interpreted as being a son of God. And as far as Mary's giving birth to a child without mating with a male is concerned, God has the power to create as he wishes.
      You are right, the falsehood has always been there, but what Christians don't realize is that there will not be another life to correct the mistake...this life is the only and last chance for every human, the only test, there won't be another chance.

      Does bible not identify another prophet? then what were Christian priests trying to find in arab deserts? We are following another book, Quran, the book of God, a book whose every verse is from God and will be protected till the last day..
      We don't hate either, otherwise I would not be spending time writing to you.
      Just for your knowledge and clarity, there is presently no country that can call itself an Islamic country. Those who claim themselves to be muslim countries are touts and dogs who have pledged their countries to others.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
    • Nauman

      @ Harvinder.. true all 3 religions worship the same God, because there is one God. Codes and commandments are same, but there is a fundamental difference in beliefs. Islam, as an essential element of faith, requires us muslims to believe in older books and previous prophets, and as such we believe in Moses, Jusus, Abrahim, Yaqub (and more) to be messengers of God, and Quran confirms to us that Muhammad (pbuh) is the last prophet (and there will be no prophet after him).
      Quran also confirms that Allah (God) is far above the idea or possibility of having a son or being a son.. Lord of the Universe and all creations..so anyone who does not believe in Quran and Mohammad (pbuh) being God's prophet is out of God's obedience. That's where the difference comes in.. as Jews and Christians do not believe in the verses of Quran and Mohammad (pbuh) being the last prophet.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • Al

      There is no god. No one can prove that there is. The only people who know for sure are dead people. It has, and always will be that way. In the mean time everyone is wrong.

      April 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  16. Susan

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    April 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • David

      Who cares?

      April 13, 2011 at 1:21 am |
  17. Mauka

    Come on moderators. My previous comment is still awiting moderation. if you don;t post how can you expect to be considered fair? That's lame.

    April 12, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  18. Mauka

    @ T – You are using Matthew 5:32 out of context.

    April 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  19. jasim

    If any one is a Muslim he/she is bound to accept Islam as a whole. God explains that in matters of religion right and wrong has been clearly explained and anything in the middle should be avoided (except when it comes for scholarly thought and only the qualified can/should ponder). So any Muslim who is to pick and choose what he/ she wants from faith is as blinded as a snake. At least they should recognize their fault and try to live their lives according to what is prescribed for them .

    April 12, 2011 at 1:57 am |
    • Alberto

      Jasim, either you're no Muslim, or pretending to know what you're talking about. There are more than 80-100 interpretations of the Islamic Faith. No one is bound to stick to the Wahhabis' or the Twelvers' interpretation of Islam. Islam is a pluralistic faith, with adherents from almost every continent, different races, heritages, cultural values, languages and landscape. That is what makes Muslims so diverse and hard to understand. Easy to stereotype for the convenience of hating, but hard to understand. Every Muslim accepts Islam fully, but the difference is interpretation. This is not the same as "picking and choosing" as you care to phrase.

      April 12, 2011 at 2:11 am |
    • chuck

      Alberto and Jasim are both wrong in there beliefs. No interpretation is correct and even Muhammad did not keep his story straight. Why would his God change his mind when he went to talk to him? Jesus tells me not to hate any person, but I am to hate sin. Never confuse a true Christian with hating you, but when they rebuke what you say it's because you are headed in the wrong direction. We are not to shut you off and not listen to you, but we are to love you and care for you. Unfortunately no Muslim will ever accept a family member to recognize Christianity. Islam is a religion of hate and no one can prove it's not.

      April 12, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • Ernest

      Jasim, My hope for you is that you do not go blindly into religion. Any religion that says "this is right and you are wrong if you think, ponder, and question" is a lie. You are human and to ask about religion and the motives behind the teaching is normal. Christian, Muslim, Buddist, ect is a combination of good intentions. Do you really think a loving God is going to punish you for asking "why". Teach yourself, keep your faith and know that God loves and wants you to ask questions. How do you think he will bless you....with the answers! Be carefull in shutting out others and using words like "blind". It would seem to me that you have a lot in front of you to see. Good luck.

      April 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
    • Muneef

      Alberto.

      Agree with your full post and it is accurately right in regard of the diversity of Muslims of their understanding of Islam....

      chuck.

      There is Right and Wrong about Christianity from what we understand from our Holy Book (The Quran)... The right and acceptable Christianity by Muslims to respect would be if Christianity considered Jesus as their Prophet of God and not as being taken as The begotten son of God, or as being God on earth (Trinity)....another thing would be is to acknowledge that Muhammed is the last Prophet and Messenger of God and to acknowledge that the Quran is the word of God to mankind.

      Think those are the major disputed issues between both religions Christianity and Islam,the rest are minors issues that easily be worked out...

      April 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • Havildar

      Is it any different for a Jew (orthodox or not) to accept his "Sharia"? Or for some Christians (Orthodox or not) to accept their Sharia? So why is it difficult to understand a Muslim accepting his "Sharia" ? All 3 religions have the same laws and same God. (Old Testament Bible/Talmud/Koran). It is a tempest in a tea cup. Haters can use any excuse to hate another person. The shameful part is that Christians have the New Testament which preachs' love but is practised by NONE. Christians Crucify Christ by disobeying his teaching each and every day and by their collective actions against one another.

      April 13, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • Muneef

      Havildar.

      Hope you have noticed that I left you a post in regard of your comments but down there....

      April 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Nauman

      Quran and Prophet's (pbuh) sunnah, and use your Iman to guide you. Scolarly advice only comes in when when needs it and that should also not contradict with Quran, Hadith and Allah's permissions. One should try to strictly follow Quran and Hadith and avoid getting into schalrly advice

      April 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • Muneef

      Nauman.
      You are right about that Quran & Sunnah as only source but Iman is about belief about what they verses could mean in certain cases...after all it is about intentions if were meant in good intentions or bad intentions...since God judge us on our intentions stored in the heart but not that spoken of...

      April 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • mollyd

      Does Sharia Law allow for the stoning or lashing to death women who are accused of 'crimes' according to Sharia law???

      April 15, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • Muneef

      Really not sure what to say to you about that but surely if the country decided to take the whole regulations and laws of sharia then there should be a proper recognized court of law to sentence such cases and such acts should not be allowed to be taken over and excuted by groups of extremes....

      But now that you asked you got me to wonder if we would have had HIV,AIDS and all spreading as it is today?

      April 15, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  20. Shaun

    Lots of people saying lots of things. Some against, some for. Few justified or reasonable, kudo's to them. But thats always the case.

    From what i see of everyone's post, negative and positive, Sharia law varies by society just like every other law system. [you dont have the right to be read your rights in many other countries when arrested every time]. There is the extreme negative example/belief/opinion of what Saudi Arabia's is like and then theres examples from people in other countries which have it.

    So in the end, from what i see, Sharia law is what the people incharge and those muslim families will make of it. Its core, which from what i see is as good as any other system of law, must and will remain the same, but whats built around that core will depend on the people who want it and practice it, as well as their environment.

    Thus it a neither a law system that is good or bad. Just like every other law system it will have its troubles and uses and theres no point banning it for being radical atleast. Legally banning it would probably be tentamount to banning the religion itself, practically the equivalent of banning the 10 commandments [ yes yes i know they're different..] And yes yes, i know calling Sharia a "system of law" doesnt quite cover what it is, but i dont want to extend this post further than i already have.

    A big MEH to this whole issue really.

    April 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • oldebluey

      And a bigger meh to whatever it was you just wrote.

      April 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • mollyd

      I can't believe she did not ask this 'expert' what the penalty under Sharia law is, for a young woman who goes out in public with a man who is not related to her.......is he kidding? In these extremist countries, they lash or stone women to death in the name of Sharia law.........leave it out. Religion is an excuse to crush women and kill people.

      April 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
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