Posts tagged ‘Oklahoma’

February 19, 2012

Islamic law in America

Sharia creeps into the fabric of American minds, not law

Tennessee lawmakers took the point recently in the patriotic crusade to safeguard the homeland against the forces of radical Islam. This is how politicians and many other well-intended Americans perceive the anti-Sharia law movement. The phenomenon currently spans 13 states across the south and mid-west. Critics of the movement including 2 courts say that the facts do not justify the fear.

Fears

The Islamic/Arab world differs vastly from western norms in shocking ways. It is a male dominated society governed by strict religious laws. Americans are appalled by the brutal treatment suffered by women who can be stoned to death for an accused adulterous affair or jailed for being raped. Islamic law allows for the creative removal of body parts for crimes that are considered misdemeanors in the west and has encouraged a culture of violence against women.

Westerners haven’t been controlled by ancient religious laws since the era of enlightenment (16-1700’s). Time cannot be reversed, the bell unrung, the egg unscrambled. Our society and Constitution won’t allow it.

Facts

Americans must abide by secular law regardless of religious belief. Christian Scientists cannot lawfully allow their child to die because they believe medical attention is contrary to God’s will. Rastafarians cannot legally smoke pot as part of their religious ritual. “The Constitution of the United States, and the constitution of every state already make it illegal to implement Islamic law,” said Noah Feldman, professor of law at Harvard University. “Just as Jewish law can’t be the law of the United States, and canon law can’t be the law of the United States, Sharia law can’t be the law of the United States.”

Consider the source

It’s the usual “red state” suspects engaged in this battle. Oklahoma voters approved the anti-Sharia measure 70-30 percent in has the most infamous case to date. My home state of Texas saved itself from a similar national embarrassment by killing the bill before it saw the light of day or national headline.
Leo Berman, the Texas State Rep. with a NY accent, introduced an anti-Sharia law last year. Berman caused those in the Lone Star State to bow their collective heads in shame when he was embarrassed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his vocal advocacy of a federal “Birther Bill.” Berman had tried to get state funding for the Institute for Creation Research. The Dallas-based group promotes biblical creationism and rejects mainstream science regarding evolution. Though his parents are from Eastern Europe he sponsored bills that would split up immigrant families and restrict illegal immigrants to certain geographical regions. Consider the source.

Irony alert

Tennessee legislators could have saved the state from humiliation by noticing that the 10th Circuit federal appeals court in Denver agreed last month with a lower court that blocked the Oklahoma anti-Sharia law. Anti-Sharia laws are unconstitutional. Further, Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders said the bill is so broadly written that it would make it illegal to be a Muslim and denounced the proposed state measure as an attack on religious freedom during a news conference in Nashville last week.

The people pushing preemptive measures against Sharia are simply worried about a religion other than their own taking over the legal system. America is a secular nation constructed by secular laws and is experiencing many real problems, too many to waste time debating phony issues. Allāhu Akbar

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