Will Sharia Law be passed in the U.S.?
A New York based group called The Islamic Circle of North America has launched a multi-million dollar campaign to explain how Sharia law applies to the lives of American Muslims.
Starting Monday the Islamic Circle of North America is starting its campaign called Defending Religious Freedom backed with a $3 million dollar budget to explain Sharia law and its common misconceptions to the general population of North America.
The campaign is in response to efforts over the past two years by states such as Tennessee, Arizona, Kansas, South Dakota and Louisiana that have passed laws banning judges from consulting Sharia law. Florida and South Carolina are also considering anti-Sharia law bills.
The effort will include billboards, TV and radio ads in 25 major US cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Also there will be town hall meetings and seminars on university campuses led by Muslim academics and activists, there is also a website and telephone hot-line so people can call with questions (1-855-Shariah.)
Under Sharia law, punishments are severe.
- Theft is punishable by amputation of the right hand.
- Criticizing or denying any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
- Criticizing or denying Muhammad is a prophet is punishable by death.
- Criticizing or denying Allah, the moon god of Islam is punishable by death.
- A Muslim who becomes a non-Muslim is punishable by death.
- A non-Muslim who leads a Muslim away from Islam is punishable by death.
- A non-Muslim man who marries a Muslim woman is punishable by death.
- A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is 9 years old.
- Girls’ clitoris should be cut (per Muhammad’s words in Book 41, Kitab Al-Adab, Hadith 5251).
- A woman can have 1 husband, but a man can have up to 4 wives; Muhammad can have more.
- A man can unilaterally divorce his wife but a woman needs her husband’s consent to divorce.
- A man can beat his wife for insubordination.
- Testimonies of four male witnesses are required to prove rape against a woman.
- A woman who has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapist(s).
- A woman’s testimony in court, allowed only in property cases, carries half the weight of a man’s.
- A female heir inherits half of what a male heir inherits.
- A woman cannot drive a car, as it leads to fitnah (upheaval).
- A woman cannot speak alone to a man who is not her husband or relative.
- Meat to be eaten must come from animals that have been sacrificed to Allah – i.e., be Halal.
- Muslims should engage in Taqiyya and lie to non-Muslims to advance Islam.
- The list goes on.
While there may not be any laws officially passed recognizing Sharia law, There has been progress made by Muslim groups to recognize these laws in the United States.
While defending the status quo in legislatures, Sharia law has been advancing in other American institutions, including the following:
- An increasing number of public American schools with Muslim students are holding Islamic prayers towards Mecca while public American universities continue to build Muslim-only washing facilities. In 2013, Skokie School District 68 in Illinois became the first US school district to celebrate Eid al-Adha, a Muslim high day, as a school holiday, in lieu of Veterans Day. In 2014, Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado became the first high school to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic, replacing “One nation under God,” with “One nation under Allah.”
- In 1996, Bill Clinton became the first US president to hold an Eid al-Fitr dinner at the White House to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month-long dawn-to-dusk fast. Eid al-Fitr includes six “Takbirs,” the raising of hands and shouting, “Allah Akbar!” to declare that Allah, the moon god, is the “Greatest.”
- In 2000, the Republican National Convention became the first US presidential convention to open with a Muslim prayer to Allah, the moon god.
- In 2007, Quran for the first time was used to swear into office a new US Congressman, Keith Ellison (above).
- In 2009, Hudson County Superior Court Judge Joseph Charles Jr. ruled in S.D. v. M.J.R. that the Muslim ex-husband repeatedly had sexually assaulted his Muslim ex-wife, both before and after their divorce. Following testimony from the Muslim man’s imam, however, the judge denied the ex-wife’s request for a permanent restraining order against her ex-husband, citing the Muslim man’s “belief” and “practices”: “The court believes that [defendant] was operating under his belief that it is, as the husband, his desire to have sex when and whether he wanted to, was something that was consistent with his practices.”
- In 2009, a Christian US soldier at Baghram Air Force Base in Afghanistan received Bibles in two local languages sent by his American church as planned. The US military confiscated those Bibles and instead of at least returning them to the church, burned them. By contrast, when Terry Jones, a pastor in Florida, announced his plan to burn a copy of the Quran in 2010, General David Petraeus, the commander of the US military in Afghanistan, publicly objected to his plan, while US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced his plan as “disgraceful.”
- To attract and manage (Middle Eastern) Muslim wealth, an increasing number of American financial institutions are becoming Sharia-compliant. This requires donating a percentage of their annual profits to Islamic organizations designated by their Sharia-compliance advisors, many of whom are members of the Muslim Brotherhood and funnel money to even terrorist groups (donations must go to one or more of eight recipient categories, one of which is Jihad).
- Muslim taxi drivers are challenging local authorities for the right to refuse to pick up blind passengers with seeing-eye dogs, while Muslim supermarket cashiers are challenging their employers for the right to refuse to sell products from pigs. Both are considered unclean in Islam.
Sunday, September 21, 2014