Shariah law advocate Linda Sarsour, who is also a leader in the “resistance” movement against President Donald Trump, invoked the Bible and Torah on Saturday to defend Islam.
On Saturday, demonstrators took to streets across the country in organized anti-Shariah law protests. Of course, they were met with counter protesters who called them racist and “Islamophobic.” But Sarsour spent the day replying to people on Twitter who derided Shariah law as a system of law that oppresses women and homosexuals — two groups of people Sarsour vows to defend.
“If you are going to show me what Islam says about homosexuality, be fair & show me what bible & Torah say. STOP obsession w/ Islam,” Sarsour tweeted Saturday afternoon.
Shariah law is an umbrella term that refers to Islamic law, which is typically imposed in Muslim-majority nations and addresses both civil and criminal law. The Arabic word is used to refer to religious law and in the Qur’an the word is used to mean “path.”
But because she declares herself both a progressive who believes in both feminism and the LGBTQ community and Shariah, many claim Sarsour is a hypocrite, which is why she invoked the Bible and Torah in reference to homosexuality.
In reply, Sarsour typically accuses her critics of not reading the Qur’an to understand the Islamic view on issues such as homosexuality. But her decision to invoke the Torah, and more importantly the Bible, indicates that she, too, hasn’t read them or doesn’t truly understand what they say about issues like homosexuality.
Some Twitter highlights in response:
Yes, and while you're at it…name the 13 Christian and Jewish countries that execute ppl for being gay. Oh wait…
— Yasmine Mohammed (@YasMohammedxx) June 10, 2017
Are homosexuals being executed in Israel? It's almost like people are focusing on the MUSLIM countries which execute LGBT or imprison them.
— Sam (@UltraHumanity) June 10, 2017