So I’ve been bad-mouthing Muslims lately – at least some could see it that way – but here’s an example of the difference between their way of doing things and ours.
The American system is not perfect, but it is a system with a logical intent – and that means a lot. Yes, there’s politics, cronyism, discrimination, and subjectivity involved, but there’s also a central, static purpose that drives our system: the approximation of justice via law. Contrast that to rule by dynamic interpretation of scripture and the difference seems plain. Whether the Koran is true or not is irrelevant – the mutable, distorted interpretations of it that serve as law in many countries make a poor foundation, one that cannot support a stable society capable of adapting to the world at large.