Mr. Garrison from “South Park” was infuriated on the show’s latest episode, which aired on Sept. 23. He vowed to get rid of the huge mass of Canadian immigrants that had illegally entered America and settled in South Park, CO. The episode is entitled “Where My Country Gone?” and Donald Trump is revealed to be the president of Canada. Mr. Garrison lashes out at Trump for allowing Canada to become so uninhabitable that Canadians would flee to America in droves. Specifically, Mr. Garrison rapes Donald Trump to death. After having been relieved of their inept president, the Canadians all go back to their home country.
The same night “South Park” aired this episode, Sean Hannity reported on Fox News that most Muslims living in America believe that sharia law trumps the U.S constitution. Meanwhile, Megyn Kelly had an exclusive interview with Kim Davis, who believes Levitical law trumps the Supreme Court. She will not issue marriage licenses to homosexuals, even though she is an elected county clerk of the state of Kentucky. Leviticus states that homosexuals must be stoned to death; this means they are not eligible for marriage.
While many Americans are familiar with Leviticus, which is in the Old Testament, not so many are familiar with sharia. Sharia has a long history and is ever changing. It has multiple components that has different schools of thought and has been developed over centuries. Perhaps, part of the reason understanding just what sharia is can be so difficult is because Muslims tend to throw around Arabic words when discussing it.
For instance, “adab” is part of sharia. Adab just means etiquette and is basically the Emily Post of Islam. It’s good etiquette in Islam to greet someone with “salam alaykum” (peace be upon you), but no one is going to jail for doling out the silent treatment to someone he doesn’t like. It’s also good practice to wash off after sex, but this is just a matter of recommended hygiene. This might be more explicit than Emily Post, but adab as part of sharia is just a guideline on good behavior.
But then there are laws that fall under the Islamic criminal justice system. One such law is the outlawing of “zina” or illicit sex. Of the sex crimes that are considered punishable offenses in Islam, homosexuality is one of them. In order to implement punishment, there needs to be a system of “fiqh”. Fiqh is Islamic jurisprudence and involves trained scholars that can interpret the laws of the Islamic legal system. However, take note that Muslim scholars don’t just interpret the criminal justice system. They can also design a prayer schedule, dictate how they believe prayer is to be performed, and other less threatening matters. So if a Muslim scholar says he is trained in fiqh, do not become alarmed and assume he is trained in ordering beheadings. His interest may lie in more benign topics, such as recommending taking off your socks before prayer.
In the Quran, gay marriage is a non-topic, because gay marriage didn’t exist when the Quran was first being recited. In fact, the Quran only mentions homosexuality within the context of criminal behavior. Homosexuals are mentioned in reference to the tale of Lot (his name being Lut in the Quran), where the men of Sodom are amoral in more ways that just sexual. In Chapter 29:29 of the Quran, it reads: “Do you come to males and commit robbery on the highway, and commit evil deeds in your assemblies?” That line about the men of Sodom completely ignores their homosexual behavior. When the homosexual behavior of the men is discussed, it is always in terms of rape and their uncontrollable lust for other men. It’s actually more similar to what Mr. Garrison did to Donald Trump on “South Park” than it is to two, happily in love homosexuals securing legal rights.