The Road to Sharia

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Freedom of religion for Christians has been under attack for some time, but liberal opinion makers haven’t evinced much concern.  Indeed, judging by their non-reaction to the fining or jailing of Christian pastors in Canada and Europe who have spoken out against same-sex marriage, the opinion elites seem perfectly willing to sacrifice Christian religious freedom on the altar of gay rights.

But when it comes to the religious freedom of Muslims, it’s a different matter.  As a result of the Ground Zero mosque controversy, the liberal elites have suddenly become stout defenders of religious freedom.  Moreover, they seem to have taken an absolutist stance on its meaning.  Although the politicians and pundits who defend the mosque builders rail against extremists, they themselves have adopted an extremist interpretation of religious freedom—one which makes it equivalent to carte blanche.

Like the highly prized “letters of transit” in Casablanca, the words “freedom of religion” now seem to confer unlimited authority.  “They cannot be rescinded, not even questioned,” says Signor Ugarte of the letters of transit.  Apparently, the same now holds true for religious freedom.  If you’re an Imam, all you have to do is show your First Amendment papers, and you can build your mosque wherever you like—no questions asked.

Yet, as most Americans realize, there are no unlimited rights in our society.  Try exercising your Second Amendment rights without getting the necessary permits and you could end up in jail.  Use your licensed gun in an irresponsible way, and your right will be abruptly taken away.  The same is true for freedom of speech.  Libel laws, obscenity laws, national security laws, even laws about “disturbing the peace” put limits on our freedom of speech.  Likewise, the free exercise of religion does not extend to suicide cults, or virgin sacrifice, or to church-sanctioned polygamy.

With all the current talk about safeguarding the right of Muslims to religious freedom, it’s instructive to note that U.S. law already prohibits the free exercise of Islam. If this comes as news to some, it’s because we tend to forget that Islam is not just a faith, but also an all encompassing political, legal, and moral system.  The embodiment of that system is called “Sharia law,” and the full practice of Islam requires compliance with it.  Muslims are bound by these laws because they are believed to be divine commandments.  The trouble is, dozens of shariah law provisions are violations of state and federal laws.  Here are some examples:

Under shariah law a Muslim girl can be contracted for marriage at any age.  The marriage can be consummated when she is eight or nine.  The laws of the United States frown upon such arrangements.

Under Sharia a man may marry up to four wives (simultaneously).  U.S. law prohibits the practice of polygamy.

Under Sharia law, a man can easily divorce his wife, but a woman cannot divorce her husband without his consent.  U.S. divorce courts don’t see things in quite the same way.

Sharia law:  Muslim women are forbidden from marrying a non-Muslim.

U.S. law:  In this, as in so many other respects, Islamic law is null and void.   American citizens are free to marry outside their religion.

Sharia law:  the testimony of a woman in court is worth half the value of a man’s testimony.

U.S. law:  “Tell it to the judge!”

Sharia law:  Muslim men have permission to beat their wives for disobedience.

U.S. law:  In U.S. law this Sharia provision is referred to as “domestic abuse  battery.”

Sharia law:  adultery is punishable by lashing and stoning to death.

U.S. law:  “Let he who throws the first stone be prepared for life behind bars.”

Sharia law:  homosexuality is punishable by death.

U.S. law: “Abdul, meet your cellmate, Butch.”

Sharia law:  thieves may be punished with amputation.

U.S. law:  the Eighth Amendment prohibits “cruel and unusual punishments.”

Sharia law:  a Muslim who rejects Islam must be killed.

U.S. law:  under U.S. laws this form of Islamic justice is referred to as “first- degree murder.”

Sharia law:  non-Muslims are not equal to Muslims under the law.

U.S. law:  “all men are created equal.”

Sharia law:  Sharia law supersedes any system of man-made laws.

U.S. law:  Article VI. “This Constitution shall be…the supreme law of the land.”

And so on.  A side-by-side comparison of state and federal laws with Sharia laws reveals that in the U.S. the free exercise of Islam is, in many respects, already prohibited.  The only way to guarantee Muslims complete freedom to practice their religion would be to rewrite the Constitution and the U.S. Criminal Code to make them Sharia compliant.  In other word, free exercise of religion for Muslims would necessitate the abrogation of constitutional rights for U.S. citizens—including the right to freedom of religion.

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  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    Thank you, Mr. William Kilpatrick! Great article.

    In fact, it is ludicrous to assume as though "Religion" in the 1st Amendment meant anything but Christianity or Judaism (i.e. what reflected the actual makeup of the colonists). Even assuming for a moment as though "Religion" did include Islam.

    It meant only that a US citizen may wish to convert into Islam – and nothing more.

    It does not mean that our nation must not take any measures against massive conversion into Islam (which would change our national identity).

    Nor must we allow proselytization of Islam.

    Nor let in Moslems an mass. In fact, up until the 1960s, before the T. Kennedy bill, the makeup of the immigration stream had always matched the existing makeup of America (meaning no Moslems!)

    What we have now is a vicious legacy of the "liberalism – a mental disorder" (Savage).

    To restore America means to rid of Islam. In stages. To begin with, burn and shred korans routinely. Close mosques. Stop Moslem immigration.

    To repair a damage, alas, takes much more than to incur it.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Mr. Gofen I could not agree more.
      Regards,…………………..William

  • Jeanne

    Try http://www.thestraightway.org
    Usama Dakdoh, Christian born, raised in Egypt now in U.S. Am planning on ordering his translation. Heard him being interviewed on radio . I think you will find his site very informative

  • Chezwick_Mac

    Charles Johnson over at LGF recently castigated Newt Gingrich for suggesting Sharia be outlawed. The gist of the Lizardoid's attack was that since Sharia is not imminent, outlawing it would be bigoted. This is incredibly short-sighted. He shows no appreciation for the dangers of incrementalism.

    Like so many liberal/lefties, Johnson is a petulant adolescent deliberately sporting blinders. In contrast, Gingrich is an adult, trying to head off a crises before it becomes acute.

  • Beverley

    Paul read about "The Thrid Choice" on frontpagemag.com/2010/09/20/the-third-choice/ by Mark Duie I have not read it but it sounds interesting as well.

    • traeh

      I'm really interested in reading that book. Looks very important.

  • Angel

    Ban Sharia, I support that! But although I do agree that sharia law doesn't hold water legally, I think it would be false to assume that the Supreme Court will agree. Moreover, sharia law isn't the immediate problem here, it's demographics. I just read an article that former president GW Bush was prepared to accept 100,000 palestinians for a peace deal in Israel, my jaw almost dropped. This is flat out insane!!! This comes from the man who stated to the world "islam is peace" maybe I shouldn't be too surprised….

    • den

      Islam is piece here a piece there. Bush is an honorary member of the BinLaden family, BTW

  • mgoldberg

    You can get a full or an abridged version from politicalislam.com
    This is a fine site, with exceptional Islam 101 articles, audio files and
    is inexpensive

  • evergreen78

    Another good site is the Center for the Study of Political Islam:
    http://www.cspipublishing.com/

  • sflbib

    “What Muslims want is a judiciary that ensures that the laws are not in conflict with the Quran and the Hadith.”

    Such a judiciary is readily available in Islamic countries to those Muslims so inclined.

  • htarj

    Might I add that we the people through our contract (the US Constitution) with our government have granted the government in both houses of congress and the executive branch the authority to establish courts, appoint judges and make laws that are to be enforced by those courts.

    NOWHERE under the Constitution or Bill of Rights does it give any PRIVATE organization or RELIGION the judicial authority to deprive any American of his life, liberty, property or due process of law unless granted by the laws of the United States and individual states, and even then those laws still must pass constitutional muster.

    The individuals that are complicit in the intimidation or prosecution of any critics of Islam and its fascist Sharia law need to cite where under the constitution they are granted the specific authority or they themselves should be swiftly prosecuted, incarcerated and/or given substantial fines. And, that goes for the FBI or any governmental organization for their abuse of authority.

    So called "Sharia Law" has no legal authority in America, none, nada, and Americans need to be educated of that fact. Sharia law is inextricably intwined with Islam and cannot be split out and is a Theocracy that is more closely resembles a CULT! The distinguishing difference between the Bible and Quran (Islam) is that freedom of choice under Judaeo/Christian beliefs and certain death for refusal to follow Islam under Sharia.

    These are the facts and people that ignore them do so at their peril!

  • Wheels

    At 2% of a population, Islam is congenial. At 5% they agitate for their right to impose their own Sharia law. At 10% they form their own state within the state. At 40% they kill all non-muslims and install themselves exclusively. How long do we wait before we ban Muslim immigrants.
    Our reproduction rate is 1%, I hear. Muslims proliferate unchecked. It's only a generation or two before we lose our country to them. Wake up people. Your country is on the verge of extinction!

    • http://www.myspace.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

      Thank you Wheels, the sad fact I see this great nation Being raped by using massive race population as a weapon, it is part of the old KGB Plan to take down the USA Its a sad fact that this info has been out since 1991. The Guy that set it all up has been dead since 1985.
      ONE X CIA Guy got the info from the former KGB Office files with Names of guy still alive and living here and in mexico city and many other south american counties.
      The plan setup the muslim brotherhood AND MASSIVE HISPANIC MOVES Into the USA System of government and massive illgal moves that would become a attack arm of the REDS.

      the KGB Boy setup many monkeys with millions of US Dollars right under the eyes of our own government and see what happens.

    • traeh

      At 40% they don't necessarily kill all non-Muslims. I think that quite unlikely. But what is likely is that as the percentage grows from 1% to 40% and so on, civil liberties and political rights tend to be eroded. Criticism of Islam becomes more and more dangerous and difficult. The press self-censors with regard to Islam. An Islamic law ethos or sensibility creeps into the assumptions of many, as dhimmification, a sort of Stockholm syndrome, penetrates the mindset of many non-Muslims without their necessarily even noticing, because it happens gradually, and it happens through intimidation and threat that demands no one speak or talk or think critically about the real source or cause of that threat. Submission is all. The vagueness of Islamic law keeps non-Muslims wondering: "Am I offending if I do this? Might I lose my life if I do that? Will I get in trouble if I do x, y, or z?" It can become a very dangerous situation for freedom of religion and freedom of speech and freedom of thought. It already is so in Europe.

  • Andres de Alamaya

    We need to be thankful to Rauf and his mosque proposal because he has awakened hundreds of thousands of Americans to the duplicity of Islam and its pitchmen in America. He can't help himself because Muslims are programmed from infancy on to push, push, push in their Intifada to conquer the world. He thought Americans were as naive as their leader and some of his teammates but the majority in a free nation eventually learn to distinguish truth from bull. Islam made great progress in the U.K. which has seen the last of its good days and even there, later in the game, they are coming to life and starting to stand up against outrageous demands by a despicable minority. Yes, in his dedication to build a victory monument on ground zero, Rauf has done his team a great disservice by exposing them for what they are and by awakening the majority of Americans who have started to shout, Enough is Enough!

    • den

      And Obama too deserves credit for waking America up. Nice photo of him taking his shoes off to pray. Never saw that in the Christian faith.

  • BS77

    Sign the petition….get involved . Don't be a door mat for the imam. This is America…and sharia has no place here.

  • Robert

    “TO OUR GREAT DETRIMENT”:
    IGNORING WHAT EXTREMISTS SAY ABOUT JIHAD
    (with appendices)
    by
    Stephen Collins Coughlin
    Major, Military Intelligence, USAR
    NDIC Class 2007
    Unclassified thesis submitted to the faculty of the
    National Defense Intelligence College in partial
    fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of
    Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence
    July 2007

  • Jackson

    Polygamy is legal is Saskatchewan Canada.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

    the ideals of Sharia law is evil, muslim/sharia or monkey racists law is what obama wants here with the help of his evil little monkey friends we will see sharia law enforced within one year in the same way it is being enforced inside Canada and england and germany and many other once civilizated countries. Muslim means evil and lawlessness and rape and murder and total evil.

  • Buddy Ebsen

    __ This is a very well written article that tells us some of the crucial differences__ between U.S. law and Shariah law. Shariah Law must be stopped.

  • den

    Boy, he sure looks like a child molester to me. Or something out of the "Shining"

    Evil incarnate.

  • traeh

    Paul Nim,
    Robert Spencer says N.J. Dawood's translation is the most readable, and that he doesn't sugarcoat the passages. Spencer says he has for years also liked Arberry's "audacious literalism" and "poetic" qualities. Spencer says that Pickthall is generally accurate.

    Here is a website where you can look at each Qur'an verse in about 30 different side-by-side translations: http://www.islamawakened.com/Quran/default.htm

    Here's a website where you can look at each Qur'an verse in about 10 different side-by-side translations: http://www.quranbrowser.com

    And here's a website with three side-by-side translations of each verse: http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/crcc/engagemen

    It might be advisable to read the chapters not in the order they appear in in the Qur'an, but rather in the order in which Muslims think they were "revealed" chronologically. As you probably know, in the Quran the chapters are not arranged in chronological order. Instead, the longest chapter is the first chapter, the next longest chapter was put second, and so on.

    Here is a site that shows the chronological order Muslims believe in, as opposed to the order in the Qur'an: http://www.bombaxo.com/chronsurs.html

  • Frank

    One of the best sites is John Mc Ternan's blog. http://www.johnmcternan.name. He really breaks it down. much info even has debated so called muslim holy men on the truth of the koran,as well as other truths relevant to this day and age in which we live in

  • JKhan

    @Paul Nim – the most reliable Qur'an you can purchase is a transliterated Qur'an with Roman script of the Arabic. Such Qur'ans show the Arabic, English translation and the transliteration. The transliteration enables you to verify by means of an Arabic/English dictionary or Dictionary of Islam that the Arabic word in the Qur'an REALLY means what is cited in the translation or if the terminology has been watered down. Also Arabic words often have several meanings, so you can judge for yourself which meaning best suits the context of the verse and judge if the translation is true to form.

  • Dave

    I'm mystified to see advertisements for Shari'ah Compliant Finance on this website. After all, SCF is "Jihad with the money", tending to the same goal of a Shari'ah America as is the GZM.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Paul if all else fails, contact Terry Jones in Gainesville Fla.,
    I understand he still has one he does not want that is if it
    is not in his burn barrel…………………………………William

    • Paul Nim

      I would, but I don't want the Gainesville police dept. to charge him $180,000 for personal protection.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    It is incredible to see how much evil goes back to Teddy Kennedy,
    I am so disgusted with what the left has done in America that
    I would go further than deporting all Muslims, I would do so and
    send the leftists with them with certified loss of citizenship.
    If I were King they would leave voluntarily before being asked.
    That job while vacant may yet be open, I am available…………William
    Is Vlad the impaler to be found?

  • BillMckinney

    DEATH TO ISLAM . DEATH TO ISLAM. DEATH TO ISLAM. DEATH TO ISLAM. DEATH TO ISLAM. ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION. DEATH TO ISLAM.

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