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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sharia?

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(or You’ve Let the Fox into the Hen House, Old Chap)

A momentous thing happened this last week in England.  The Labour government of the UK let the word get out that it has been quietly allowing Sharia law to become a part of  the country’s legal system.  Five major cities have been approved as places to let Sharia law courts be established—where decisions about justice will be made by Muslims, but whose decisions will be enforced by the state. The cities are London, Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester with the network’s headquarters in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Two more courts are being planned for Glasgow and Edinburgh.

So what does that mean? you may ask.  In a post on The Chronicles website, Serge Trifkovic says, “To a devout Muslim the incorporation of shari’a into British law is by no means the end of the affair. It is merely a major milestone on the road that cannot stop short of subjecting all Britons, regardless of faith, to the strictures of Allah’s commandment and Muhammad’s example.”

In the short term, it means that Muslim men in the UK will get twice as much inheritance from parents as their sisters will.   It means that family disputes in Muslim neighborhoods will not be handled by UK police.  A man there will be allowed to beat his wife if he thinks she deserves it.  And punishment for other crimes like pedophilia in Muslim neighborhoods will be in the hands of imams and residents.  In short, there will be two systems of justice in the UK: those derived from English Common Law and those prescribed by Allah in the Quran.

To see the importance of this development, consider that Sharia law, if okayed in United States cities, would mean that some of the Bill of Rights in the U. S. Constitution would not apply everywhere.  The good news is that a group of Americanized Muslims in the United States have formed an organization called Muslims Against Sharia. It has gone on record as opposing the introduction of Sharia law into democratic countries.   Linda Ahmed, a spokesperson for that group has said,

Any person from a country where a substantial part of the population is pro-Sharia should not be allowed in the West, not only as an immigrant, but even as a visitor with a few exceptions, i.e., political asylum or as a diplomat etc. … Every legal immigrant should be allowed to stay only if he/she did not display desire to establish a Sharia state in a host country. Any naturalized citizen who displays a desire to establish a Sharia state in a host country should have his/her citizenship revoked and be promptly deported. I think the latter two groups is where the real danger lies. (FrontPage Magazine, July 24, 2008)

More recently, Khalim Massoud, a member of Muslims Against Sharia said, “Anyone who proclaims Islamic extremist views should be tried for sedition, since we are at war with radical Islam, or at the very least, promptly deported.” (FrontPage Magazine, September 9, 2008)

Responding to developments in England, U. S. Representative Tancredo (Colorado) has introduced a bill he calls “Jihad Prevention Act” which would bar the entry of foreign nationals who would advocate Sharia law.  In addition the legislation would make the advocacy of Sharia law by radical Muslims already in the United States a deportable offense.  Muslims Against Sharia have endorsed Tancredo’s bill, referring to their earlier recommendations.

In 1990 The Organization of the Islamic Conference (which has now 57 members including Turkey which calls itself a “secular” state) ratified “Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Islam.”     In February 1990 the courageous Senegalese jurist Adama Dieng (a Muslim, who subsequently became a United Nations special rapporteur), then serving as secretary-general to the International Commission of Jurists, declared that the Cairo Declaration, under the rubric of the Shari’a,

…gravely threatens the inter-cultural consensus on which the international human rights instruments are based; introduces, in the name of the defense of human rights, an intolerable discrimination against both non-Muslims and women; reveals a deliberately restrictive character in regard to certain fundamental rights and freedoms..; [and] confirms the legitimacy of practices, such as corporal punishment, that attack the integrity and dignity of the human being.

Unfortunately, here in the United States most of the Muslim academics in our universities and mainstream Muslim advocacy groups want to impose Sharia law on our democracy.  They say that too much is made of the incompatibility of Sharia law and human rights.  Khaled Abou El Fadl and Roy Mottahedeh say that Muslims have spent too much time trying to reconcile Sharia with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.   That is so, they say, because the human rights advocates refuse to concede Islamic supremacy over a universal standard based on the US Bill of Rights.  Left-wing politicians in the United States are either maliciously or foolishly aiding and supporting these views. They  are also obstructing efforts to make our borders secure.

Now is the time for those who oppose Sharia law being imposed on our nation to let members of Congress know what’s at stake and to urge Congress to support Rep. Tancredo’s bill.

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Written by polemicscat

September 22, 2008 at 1:22 pm

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  1. […] USA is watching us on Sharia – not on our handling of the economy, stupid! […]

  2. Muslims Against Sharia praise Congressman Tancredo’s initiative. We advocated similar measures in the past and fully support “Gihad Prevention Act”

    “Any person from a country where a substantial part of the population is pro-Sharia should not be allowed in the West, not only as an immigrant, but even as a visitor with a few exceptions, i.e., political asylum or as a diplomat etc. … Every legal immigrant should be allowed to stay only if he/she did not display desire to establish a Sharia state in a host country. Any naturalized citizen who displays a desire to establish a Sharia state in a host country should have his/her citizenship revoked and promptly deported. I think the latter two groups is where the real danger lies.” Linda Ahmed, FrontPage Magazine, July 24, 2008

    “Anyone who proclaims Islamic extremist views should be tried for sedition, since we are at war with radical Islam, or at the very least, promptly deported.” Khalim Massoud, FrontPage Magazine, September 9, 2008

    http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2008/09/tancredo-proposes-anti-sharia-measure.html

    Muslims Against Sharia

    September 23, 2008 at 1:38 am


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