Angle Campaigns on Fear and Inaccurate Info: Two American Cities “Under” Sharia

Posted on October 10, 2010

Maybe, perhaps and it ain’t necessarily so that two American cities are “under” Sharia (Muslim Law).  SamHenry is for the dominance of the Constitution and truth in candidate assertions and in journalism.  Taking on the comments of Nevada Senatorial Candidate Angle to a recent Tea Party gathering is complex.  Let’s see what she said:

“We’re talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe isn’t a widespread thing, but it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it,” Angle said according to audio of the rally obtained by the Washington post. “My thoughts are these. First of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas, are on American soil, and under Constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don’t know how that happened in the United States.” [CNN]

Sadly, Mrs. Angle didn’t have her facts altogether correct. This is what can happen to you if you get up before a body of people and don’t have your facts checked.  Silly guys make fun of  you on YouTube because Frankford, Texas no longer exists – hasn’t since 1970.

But to be fair, we need to have clarification about citing Frankford and the “fact” is that Angle’s concern did not just drop down out of the clouds.  There is a basis for her concern but the locus of her angst is Dearborn, MI.  The city that gave us Henry Ford and that is 5th largest in the US was the scene in 2010 of an incident that put it and its Muslim community (largest in the US) on the map. It brought Sharia and the Constitution into confrontation in the minds of many, but did it really?

Here is the Muslim response:

In the end, 4 out of five charges were dropped against the Christians.  A charge of disobeying the order of a policeman is in appeal. [answeringmuslims]

Since 2006, in certain European communities, Sharia has been practiced in civil matters if both parties agree to this and the decision. []  In the UK, the Archbishop of Canterbury came out in support of allowing Sharia  to be practiced in certain civil areas.  Sharia monetary policies in certain areas are also gaining acceptance.  For these reasons, many in the US express the view that Europe has been lost to Islam.

But in the US and in Dearborn, the situation has not gone to these “extremes.”  Yes, it is the largest Muslim community in the US.  At the Detroit airport signs are in Arabic and in English.  It was the perfect destination airport for the man who attempted to blog up an airliner but whose smoking pants betrayed him.  But this is still a city under US laws witness the dismissal of the charges against the Christians.

What is going on is that, as in the UK, in Dearborn and in many other communities in America is allowed to rule in  some civil instances as stated above, if both parties agree to the outcome. But increasingly, Muslim defendants in cases involving more violent crimes have indirectly applied Sharia.  Their plea runs along the lines of  “I have the right under Sharia to beat my wife and even to behead her if she is unfaithful and so I was following my cultural prerogative.”  Witness remarks about a legal case in New Jersey.  It could happen anywhere:

Sharia is no less toxic when it comes to the sorts of democratic government and civil liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. According to this legal code of Saudi Arabia and Iran, only Allah can make laws, and only a theocrat can properly administer them, ultimately on a global basis.

The trial opinion in this case shows that, indeed, the global reach of Sharia law is expanding. The trial court allowed the testimony of an Imam to be entered so that his account of Sharia’s standards could supercede the standards set by the New Jersey legislature. This is not just about cultural defenses, which by themselves are not proper under United States law, but about giving up control of the law to a religious code citizens of this country have no control over, a theocratic code world famous for its antidemocratic, sexist nature and its human rights abuses. []

In the final analysis, Angle was correct about the big picture but she was also playing to emotions with inaccurate information. There is no sadder picture that an otherwise intelligent being standing behind unconfirmed or inaccurate information.  “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” only if he is standing on granite facts and not sliding sands.