- The Washington Times - Monday, March 7, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Has no one else noticed the contradiction between the reaction to the news out of Brigham Young University and the reaction to any mention of Shariah law (“BYU hoops star suspended for sex acts,” Web, Thursday)?

In a nutshell, Brigham Young University threw a basketball player out of school for breaking the school’s honor code, which forbids sex outside of marriage. Star player Brandon Davies reportedly had sex with his girlfriend. All students, Mormon and non-Mormon, athletes and non-athletes, sign the pledge to avoid a list of activities, and they must read and sign it prior to admission to BYU.

Here is the contradiction, however: Many on the political left and far left denounce BYU as backward and out of touch with the modern world - and those are the nicer descriptions. Yet anyone who has spent time listening to those advocates soon learns they have no problem with the imams who want to bring Islamic, or Shariah, law to the United States. Under Shariah, Mr. Davies‘ girlfriend would be stoned to death - and she never would have been allowed to go to college in the first place. Apparently, the left has no problem with either of those facts, nor does it find fault with the fact that, under Shariah, if the woman’s father was insulted enough by his daughter having relations with a non-Muslim, he would have the right to kill her. Who is “backward” now?

WILLIAM KERCHER

Vancouver, Wash.

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