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"Submission Complete" At Harvard: Quranic Teachings Promoted As Epitome Of Justice
Submitted by tvr on Tue, 2013-12-10 04:33
Earlier this year the US' pre-eminent school of law posted a verse of the Qur'an at the entrance of its law faculty.
The verse reads:
Regardless of the completeness or accuracy of the quote (the verse, Surah 4:135, is truncated and not properly translated; the full and more accurate translation may be read here: http://quran.com/4/135), the problem with it is that it invokes "Allah" as the source and arbiter of justice and rights and the Surah from which it comes is one that elaborates on what Allah's "justice" involves, commanding that:
- "humiliating punishment" will be given to anyone who is not a "believer" or who "disobeys Allah" [4:151 and 4:14 respectively], including anyone who does not share their wealth [4:37] or flaunts it [4:38];
Harvard Law's entrance wall has just three quotes, being the three considered by the faculty as the most "universally applicable" of the 150 that were submitted for consideration. The other two are “An unjust law is no law at all” [St Augustine] and “To no one will We sell, to none will We deny or defer, right or justice” [from the Magna Carta].
The ironic truth is that Harvard (and the world by following it's lead) is in effect selling, denying and deferring what remains of Western (i.e., enlightened) notions of rights and justice for Quranic teachings that are (by Western standards) wholly wrong and unjust.
What the West needs right now is for influential institutions like Harvard to promote the idea that justice is based in objective reality, not in mysticism, and how only objective law - that is, law derived from an objective code of ethics - can ever assign just and proper effects to appropriate actors in a societal setting, and, not to promote any ideas that are in contradiction with this basic principle.
[Note: edit corrections made 29/12/13]
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