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Michael Cianchette is a Navy reservist who served in Afghanistan. He’s in-house counsel to various companies in southern Maine and was a chief counsel to former Gov. Paul LePage.
Following authorities regulatory reform, a enterprise is providing a brand new product tailor-made to its area people and buyer base. That needs to be cheered by conservatives.
It shouldn’t change as a result of the phrase “Islam” seems within the press reviews.
Like all faiths, Islam has sure beliefs and tenets. How these get utilized to the actual, fashionable world doubtless will depend on the specifics of your denomination, sect, custom or what have you ever.
All three Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity, and Islam — have teachings in regards to the charging or fee of curiosity on loans. The specifics are advanced.
Nonetheless, some Islamic colleges of thought maintain that fee of any curiosity in any respect is sinful.
Enter Androscoggin Financial savings Financial institution.
It’s not secret that there’s a important Muslim neighborhood in Lewiston, the financial institution’s hometown. And it’s no secret that the trendy United States is constructed upon monetary foundations. From dwelling possession to beginning a enterprise to bank cards, loans are a part of on a regular basis life.
So, in case your religion makes it inconceivable to take out standard loans, your American Dream will stay out of attain. Proper?
Androscoggin Financial institution started providing “no-interest” loans which might be compliant with some colleges of Islamic thought. However there’s a distinction between “no-interest” and “no-cost.” These mortgage merchandise produce other quantities — charges and the like — baked in in order that the financial institution can earn a return on its funding.
So long as these various monetary merchandise are open to non-Muslims — and they’re — this needs to be one other milestone within the custom of the American market assembly the wants of these with deeply held non secular beliefs.
If you happen to take a look at your fridge’s instruction guide, you’ll in all probability discover a approach to set it to “Sabbath mode.” American enterprise discovered a approach to meet non secular necessities adopted by some observant Jews.
Catholics (and a few others) are speculated to abstain from meat on Fridays. If your online business is promoting hamburgers, that presents a market drawback. So one enterprising entrepreneur — a McDonald’s franchisee — discovered a approach to reply the problem. We now realize it because the Filet-O-Fish.
The interaction between non secular perception and economics results in artistic outcomes. The interaction between religion and politics is much more advanced. The current Bangor Day by day Information reporting on the “inside baseball” required to enact the controversial abortion invoice highlights the stress.
The bishop of the Diocese of Portland was unyielding in his opposition to the proposal. That could be a tenet of Catholic religion.
Some Democrats with extra rural backgrounds challenged the progressive wing of their occasion on the coverage. They have been derided as “older white guys.” Nevermind that a number of of them occurred to be Catholic.
In the meantime, two Home Democrats are Muslim ladies. Democratic leaders made a degree to acknowledge that abortion is a “troublesome challenge” in Islam. It seems as if their religion was handled extra tenderly than that of these “older white guys.”
But two wrongs don’t make a proper.
The place it’s flawed for Democrats to seemingly dismiss sincerely held articles of religion of “older white guys” whereas accommodating Muslim ladies, so too is it flawed to assault a Maine enterprise for locating a artistic approach to provide their merchandise to a spiritual, immigrant neighborhood.
One of many biggest attributes of the US is the liberty to imagine as you’ll. One of many components in our nationwide prosperity is the creativity that comes from making an attempt to offer folks services and products they need.
Assembly folks of religion — no matter it may be — the place they’re is an effective technique in enterprise. You may warmth up your Filet-O-Fish in an oven set to Sabbath mode should you don’t imagine me.
And assembly folks of religion the place they’re, with respect and with out “troublesome points,” is an effective technique to win on the poll field.