Sharia: It’s In the United States and Growing Globally

Posted on December 9, 2010

In November, Oklahoma held a referendum banning Sharia (Muslim religious law) in State and Federal Courts and it passed.

The amendment would require Oklahoma courts to “rely on federal and state law when deciding cases” and “forbids courts from considering or using” either international law or Islamic religious law, known as Sharia, which the amendment defined as being based on the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed.

But the Council on American-Islamic Relations challenged the measure as a “violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange issued a temporary restraining order November 8 that will keep state election officials from certifying that vote.”

But in automated phone messages in support of the amendment, former CIA Director and Oklahoma native James Woolsey warned that there was a “major campaign in Europe to impose Sharia law” and that Islamic law “is beginning to be cited in a few U.S courts.” [CNN]

In most local communities across the nation, use of Sharia is limited in what it can cover and in most instances, it relates to domestic matters more closely related to religious practice.  Regardless, the confrontation of the two cultures is escalating even though Muslims are currently only a little over 1% of the population.

But there are strong arguments that Sharia is at basic odds with the dictates of other religious groups and when allowed, favors Islam over Christianity, Judiasm and other faiths.  American Thinker cites a case in New York City:

Muslims periodically block the streets of New York City, prostrating themselves in the middle of roadways and sidewalks undisturbed by police and other authorities. The resulting traffic jams are ignored, the double- and illegally parked vehicles are free of citations, and law enforcement officers are nowhere to be seen. Surely, practitioners of other religions or groups planning similar gatherings would be required to obtain permits for such an activity. Reportedly, the police have been ordered not to interfere with the Muslim prayer spectacle.

These special accommodations for Muslims effectively elevate the Islamic faith above that of Christians and Jews, reinforcing the message of the Koran — “Allah proclaims Islam over all other religions” (48:28), “Islam will dominate other religions” (9:33), and “Islam does not coexist with other faiths” (5:51). Muslims are required by the teachings of their faith to conquer and subjugate non-Muslims and Ensure worldwide submission to Islam — “The believers must make war on infidels around them and let the infidels find firmness in them” (9:123).

November 26, 2010,  Fareed Zakaria had as his guest the Secretary General of Iran’s Human Rights High Council  [Transcript here].  He” defend his country’s record on capital punishment by stoning.”  The Secretary, part of a dynasty in Iran not unlike the Kennedys, explained the world views relative to punishment that get in the way of understanding each other’s culture:

LARIJANI: First of all, you should be aware that the stoning is a very rare punishment for the extreme case of crimes, which involves extreme adulterous case. It is an extreme criminal structure.

Let’s go to notion of cruelty. Now, cruelty is a notion which is very much a cultural relative. You know, consider in New York and in Berlin or in London, if a — puppy were ran by a car — people get around it, police is coming, some people cry that there is something damaged to their — to the body of the puppy. But, at the same time, governments are tolerated who kill hundreds and thousands of children elsewhere in the world. So, you see, this is not cruelty, and the other is cruelty.

We think punishment is cruel. It doesn’t matter how to kill. If it’s executed by gas, executed by injection, by guillotine or by sword, it is cruel. The idea is that what is the rationale of the — of the punishment?

ZAKARIA: Historically, there has been — you know, you don’t flog people to death anymore. You know, you — you regard that as cruel and unusual.

You’re saying it doesn’t matter if the — if, at the end of the day, you inflict punishment, it’s all the same?

LARIJANI: No, punishments are quite different. I want to say that cruelty is a notion which is not absolute. It could be cruelty in one society, in another it is not cruel as it is perceived in the other.

Recently at the UN, Iran attained a space on the

Just days after Iran abandoned a high-profile bid for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, it began a covert campaign to claim a seat on the Commission on the Status of Women, which is “dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women,” according to its website…The Commission on the Status of Women is supposed to conduct review of nations that violate women’s rights, issue reports detailing their failings, and monitor their success in improving women’s equality. [Red State]

Sharia is being given quarter in many more parts of the world.  When we see the mutilation of a beautiful young Afghani wife by her father-in-law, remember the law she has lived under that led her husband and  his father to disfigure her by cutting off her nose and ears because she opposed the arranged marriage. [Daily Mail]

We may think that engaging representatives of Muslim nations in dialogue at many levels will ease tensions and somehow bring them to our world view.  On the contrary, it may be otherwise.

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