No Guns for “Theocrats,” Eh?

It’s a painfully slow news day, meaning I will sometimes read and even write about items I normally wouldn’t give, literally, the time of day. Noting on an aggregator an item entitled “My Gun Range Is a Muslim-Free Zone,” I read a post from some ConCon gun advocate named Jan Morgan, and before laughing it off, found this interesting twist in her argument for excluding Muslims from her business:

I view Islam as a theocracy, not a religion. Islam is the union of political, legal, and religious ideologies. In other words, law, religion and state are forged together to form what Muslims refer to as “The Nation of Islam.”

It is given the sovereign qualities of a nation with clerics in the governing body and Sharia law all in one. This is a Theocracy, not a religion.

The US Constitution does not protect a theocracy.

The 1st Amendment is very specific about protecting the rights of individuals from the government, as it concerns the practice of religions, not theocracies.

It clearly differentiates between government and religion. Again protecting the individual’s religious beliefs and practices from (the state) government.

In Islam religion and state are one.

We are a Nation governed by laws, the U.S. Constitution. We are not a Nation that is governed by religion, politicians or clerics.

How then can Islam be protected by the U.S. Constitution?

Geez, lady, you’re living in Arkansas. If you’re worried about theocrats, Muslims should be the least of your worries. Check out the belief systems of your local Southern Baptist clergy, and Republican politicians. Hell, there’s even someone associated with your state (he’s now living in Florida) who’s both. Maybe you need a photo of Mike Huckabee at the door of your gun range with strict instruction not to let the guy in.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.