Unhinged right-wing congressman Steve King joined MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on December 9 to talk about Islam and Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims. During almost six minutes of babbling about why today’s Islamophobia is different than the fear of Roman Catholics, or the fear of immigrants from a hundred years ago, King brought the obligatory mention of Sharia Law into the conversation.
King gets to Sharia Law via a story from Alex Jones’ site, Infowars, about an imam who supposedly instructed Muslims in the Middle East to go into Europe and “breed” with European women, but not “assimilate” into society. He says this:
Sharia Law is incompatible with the Constitution of the United States. That’s an important principle that we need to have a debate about.
Hayes mentions that his next guest is going to be Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, who is a Muslim. He asks King to explain what he meant when he said that Ellison would not renounce Sharia Law. King replies:
When Congressman Ellison takes an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and also, you’ll get to ask him. I’m glad he’s going to be there to answer this question, and it is ‘which is superior, the Constitution, or Sharia Law?’
So King thinks that in order to be a good American, Ellison and other Muslims have to renounce Sharia Law, which the BBC defines as a set of beliefs that governs “all aspects” of a Muslim’s life. He wants Muslims to say that the Constitution trumps Sharia Law. But interestingly enough, a number of Christian Republicans have said that “God’s law” (there’s no name for it in Christianity) is more important than man’s law. Here are just a few examples:
- “So when those two [God’s law and man’s law] come into conflict, God’s rules always win.” — Senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio
- “My friends, the Supreme Court is not the supreme being, and they cannot overturn the laws of nature or of nature’s god.” — Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee
- “Will you stand up for the law of Alabama, for the people, for the weak and vulnerable, for the law of God? Or will you capitulate?” — Win Johnson, attorney for Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, Republican Roy Moore, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality
- “The idea that, the revolutionary idea, that this country was founded upon, which was our rights, they don’t come from man. They come from God Almighty.” — Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz
- “I don’t think anyone should have to choose between following their conscience and religious beliefs and giving up their job and facing financial sanctions.” — Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, on Kentucky clerk Kim Davis
There are more, but by now you get the picture. So, Republicans, which is superior, “God’s law” or the Constitution? Inquiring minds want to know.
Here’s video of the conversation, as well as Congressman Ellison’s response, via MSNBC:
Featured image via MSNBC screen capture