CNN commentator defends Sharia as ‘progressive’
A Leftist commentator for CNN is defending the statements she made less than two weeks ago when she called Sharia Law and the Muslims who follow it “progressive.”
CNN’s Sally Kohn received much backlash after she tweeted in defense of Sharia law and “progressive Muslims” while criticizing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposed policy of screening Muslims entering the United States, TheBlaze reports.
New way of thinking?
Calling Trump’s national security measure “ideological,” Kohn implied that Trump’s preventative approach to terrorism was antiquated and out-of-touch.
The liberal commentator’s Twitter post came after Trump called for an “ideological” screening of Muslims entering the United States. Kohn was referring to a statement the GOP White House hopeful made asserting that the law of the U.S. reigns supreme over laws that those attempt to import from abroad.
“[The U.S. should refuse to allow anyone who believes] Sharia law should supplant American law [into the country],” Trump maintained earlier when addressing America’s war on terror and the criminal justice system.
In response to the uproar she incurred from her controversial tweet a week and a half ago, Kohn published an editorial on CNN Thursday blasting Trump for being ignorant on the topic of Islam and its laws.
Trump doesn’t understand what Sharia is,” Kohn wrote in her CNN post. “[U]nderstanding the truth about Islam is the best way to fight extremism within it.”
The CNN commentator went on to express that — against popular belief — following Sharia law and being a progressive Muslim are not diametrically opposed … even though the Islamic legal code demands violent punishment for numerous infractions of the law, along with a calling for unequal treatment of women in court. In Iran, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and many other Islamic nations, Sharia law is enforced by the government.
Blurring the lines
Despite the radical and sexist nature of the Islamic law, Kohn insists that Americans should not look at as a black-and-white issue.
“In short, there is a difference between personal, spiritual Sharia and the political incorporation of Sharia into law,” the Leftist pundit tried to explain. “And within both, there are progressive interpretations as well as more fundamentalist conservative interpretations. So the word Sharia doesn’t mean one thing.”
In an attempt to strengthen her case, Kohn quoted to words of Affinis Labs Creative Director, Whjahat Ali, who is a writer based in Virginia.
“Every practicing Muslim — whether traditional or
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