" The important thing about Sharia law is that it is perfect and sacred. Law based upon democratic process is offensive to Islam because such law is based upon people. Sharia law is based upon the Koran and Mohammed, the only perfect guidance. Therefore, it is an offence to Islam for Muslims to have to live under democratic constitutional law. "
Putting the politics of fear and advantage aside, the motivation for events like 9/11 come into clearer focus. The analogy to personal perspective and clarity would be, when you start out in this career you are drinking from a fire hose of information and running about making a great effort, but when you are established, you sit back and steer the ship with great clarity and simplicity and money comes to you.
In other words, the American people are coming to know the true meaning of Sharia. Progressives are still struggling with their own sensibilities and definitions of personal versus social responsibility or "rights".
In the case of either Islam or Christianity (or Buddhism), progressives don't "get it", that you can have faith in something to the point of exclusion of alternative realities or even the "rights" of others.
Don't forget that the foundation of the concept of American exceptionism is immigration. If you want to deny American exceptionalism, ignore Sharia law.
That immigration screwed the native Americans and created free and globalized markets, so you have some historians making stupid theories denying American exceptionalism.
" Belief in American exceptionalism is more characteristic of conservatives than liberals. Howard Zinn and Godfrey Hodgson said that it is based on a myth, and that "there is a growing refusal to accept" the idea of exceptionalism both nationally and internationally. "
Will be interesting to watch it play out. Japan was supposed to be taking over the world at the end of the 80's, and then with her homogenous populution, declined. Now China is ascending, and the American mutts are wringing their hands. Maybe we should stop wringing our hands.
In other words, American exceptionalism is mostly based on the Judeo Christian tradition, which separates personal (spiritual) law from public law.
Sharia does not separate the individual from society. No recognition of democratic constitutional law.
When progressivism seeks to redistribute wealth and direct behaviors, it is more akin to Sharia than to American exceptionalism. That's why progressive need to remain vigilant.