The American constitution, the gun lobby, the Qur’an and radical Islam

Those American citizens who support the gun lobby, do so primarily by referring to the 2nd Amendment of the American Constitution. This amendment states:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

What this Article makes clear is that keeping and bearing Arms is the function of a well regulated Militia. This Militia nevertheless failed to prevent the 9/11 assault on the twing towers in Manhattan. More importantly what is rarely stated is that this Article was ratified in 1791 – over 220 years ago.

This form of justification is little different from that offered by radical Islamists who find their authority in the Qur’an, generally aknowledged to have been ‘written’ shortly after Mohammed’s death in 632 AD.

There are those who judge both written authorities to be products of their time and place, and containing eternal and ephemeral truths. What they find difficult to grasp is why others don’t also accept this as sufficient grounds to allow their present not to be controlled by their past.

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3 Responses to The American constitution, the gun lobby, the Qur’an and radical Islam

  1. Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is wonderful, let alone the content!

  2. brand says:

    Where did you got this much info on your blog from?? Also can i take the initiave to take the feeds from your blog for my yoga website?? But cant find the RSS feeds link here!!

    • petermathews says:

      Would it be too self-referential to say “from the world of human /rights/”? When you click on main menu BLOG, takes you to blog, then near the bottom RSS feed link is to be found! Where is your yoga website? I’d be interested in viewing it.

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