QuoteOriginally posted by: MarsdenQuoteI must disagree with you, however, on the basis of US law. It is only under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution (enacted in the middle of the 19th century), I believe, that the concept of "equal protection of the laws" is introduced to US law.The real difference comes into play with democracy. (I'm not familiar at all with sharia, but I think that, within the limits imposed by the many immutable, divinely given laws of sharia, democracy or at least government for the benefit of the people in general is preferred, which is not too different from US law.)I am neither an expert on Sharia law but I guess what is proposed under Sharia is a theocratic regime, the rules of the priests according to the divine rules of the Koran, etc... Quote"Democracy" is a very miss-used word these days: what it really is is government by the majority; but when it is used in the news it is generally meant to indicate a system of individual rights and justice in addition to some form of majority-determined elections. We commonly accept that democracy is "fair," or at least more "fair" than anything else, but it really is not inherently so: in a pure form, the majority could just decide to exterminate minorities and be fully compatible with democracy.That's why I prefer the concept of open society to the concept of democracy. See below from www.soros.org
What is an "open society"?An open society is a society based on the recognition that nobody has a monopoly on the truth, that different people have different views and interests, and that there is a need for institutions to protect the rights of all people to allow them to live together in peace. Broadly speaking, an open society is characterized by a reliance on the rule of law, the existence of a democratically elected government, a diverse and vigorous civil society, and respect for minorities and minority opinions.The term "open society" was popularized by the philosopher Karl Popper in his 1945 book Open Society and Its Enemies. Popper's work deeply influenced George Soros, the founder of the Open Society Institute, and it is upon the concept of an open society that Soros bases his philanthropic activity.