The Washington Post, and the rest of the media, want to think that Ayatollah-style Islamic Revolution will now be sweeping through Iraq.
The draft constitution submitted Monday stipulates that Iraq is an Islamic state and that no law can contradict the principles of Islam, negotiators confirmed.
Opponents have charged that the latter provision would subject Iraqis to rule by religious edicts of individual clerics or sects.
The opponents also said women would lose gains they made during Hussein's rule, when they were guaranteed equal rights under civil law in matters including marriage, divorce and inheritance. The draft constitution says individuals can choose to have family matters decided by either religious or civil law.
Alright, let's see what the Constitution draft has to say about the role of Islam.
The religion of the state...is the sacred religion of Islam.
Followers of other religions are free to exercise their faith and perform their religious rites within the limits of the provisions of law.
Article Three Ch. 1, Art. 3
...no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam.
Oh dear, that is worrisome. Oh wait! That's Afghanistan's Constitution. My mistake. Could someone let me know where to find the Post or Times article predicting the descent of the Dark Ages on Afghanistan because of the provisions in their Constitution?
Read the whole thing.
I sometimes wonder if we need to remember that the people in Afghanistan and Iraq are still pretty new at this whole democracy thing. We worry about the role of Islam in Iraq's new government, yet Christianity was, and still is, a huge part of our government. We've toned it down a lot over the years, but its never entirely gone away.
It also took us a lot of years to get our laws to the point they are today. During the Adams administration our Congress passed libel laws that put pamphleteers (journalists of the day, for all intents and purposes) in jail for speaking ill of public figures, even if said ill was true. That's unthinkable in our society today, yet that is where our country started.
So maybe we should apply some of the same reasoning to the Iraqis and the Afghanis while they guide their countries through the infant stages of democracy. They're not going to do everything right, but where they are right now (with leaders elected by the people deciding the laws of the land) is leaps and bounds ahead of the oppression these people were living in before.
By Rob Port of Say Anything.