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June 20, 2011

     CAIR & Sharia Law; The Center For Security Policy Gets It Right

     In the last few months much has been said about the rise of such new (for Americans) ideas as: “Sharia-compliant finance” and “Sharia Law for Muslims”.  The mainstream press has either failed to report accurately on Sharia Law, or purposely ignores its impact on America .

     Many Americans are thus confused. Is Sharia Law a threat or not?  Who is hurt if Muslims decide their disputes in a Sharia Court?  What about contract law between Muslims and non-Muslims?  Can, and should, the United States of America have a parallel legal system dominated by Islam?  If so, how will it work?  Will Muslims and non-Muslims be treated equally?  What are the rights of Muslim minorities?

     The Center for Security Policy (CSP) has produced a stunning report on Sharia Law.  The CSP report is important for several reasons:

-    It reveals how Sharia Law has been used to settle cases in American courts in the past.
-    It reveals how Sharia Law is being implemented through a well thought out program of “death by a thousand cuts”.
-    It reveals the impact of Sharia Law on the every day functioning of our court system and why this cannot be allowed to continue.

      The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is strongly in support of Sharia Law, deceptively broad brushing Sharia Law as just another benign legal system for the adherents of Islam.  But is it? 

     Consider that under Islam, Muslim women have half the word as a Muslim man; i.e., it takes two Muslim women’s testimony to equal that of one Muslim man.  This is bad enough, yet how many female or male Christians, Jews, Buddhists, or Sikhs would have to testify in a Sharia court to equal the word of one Muslim male? Can non-Muslims even testify in a Sharia court? One growing Sharia compliant phenomenon in Muslim countries is for a Muslim husband to declare he is divorced from his wife by sending a text message through a cell phone, yet a woman cannot do the same. How long will it be before this technique for divorce is attempted in America? How does this square with our Constitutional right of equal protection under the law? Do the Islamic-Supremacists of CAIR condone this unfair practice?

     There are many other issues that come up as a result of Sharia Law but the main issue that the CSP report conveys is that those who support Sharia Law are not acting in the best interests of anyone, not least of all Muslims.  Many Muslims came to the United States to get away from this misogynistic, barbaric, and unequal legal system that serves no other purpose than to elevate Muslim men to a position they couldn’t possibly attain by peaceful means.  To paint Sharia Law as “religious law” is to ignore reality. It is a legal system using the cover of religion to impose restrictions on people that are laughable at best and deadly serious to those who adhere to it. 

     There is no healthy median or redeeming qualities to Sharia Law. It must be kept out of our legal system and public life as there is no room for both the Constitution and Sharia Law.

     We ignore the threat at our peril.

Andrew Whitehead

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