Do we have the will to protect American citizens from the application of foreign laws?
Imagine you were a teenage girl in Pakistan, and your parents married you off very young. The marriage is a disaster but you have no rights. You flee with your daughter to the U.S., you hide out for two years until the detective he hires finds you. In Pakistan, under the Islamic law there, the means of obtaining a divorce is only available to a man, but never of course to a woman. He demands full custody of your daughter. Oh, and he’s accused you of adultery.
You consider flying to Pakistan, to contest the divorce, but adultery is a crime under Islamic Law in Pakistan, a crime which is punishable by death. You will literally be arrested the moment you de-board the plane, in Karachi. You could face prison time, or even be stoned to death. And in Pakistan, your testimony under Islamic law is worth only half that of a man’s. Then you remember, you’re in America now and you have rights.
So, you petition the American courts, filing for a real divorce. But unfortunately, your husband has a Pakistani judge as an expert witness who he flies in to testify in the Maryland court – and the judge accepts his view of Shariah’s “best interests of the child” as the same as Maryland’s “best interests of the child. You and your daughter are simply outgunned.
And to your surprise, you find out that the American courts have been convinced to bow to Islamic Law (the Sharia), and you are now without any money, you have lost your home, and you have even lost your daughter.
Does this sound just too crazy to be true – like something that just could not happen in America? In fact, this kind of reckless disregard for American law, in American courts, is actually more common than one might think. This scenario resembles what happened to one woman in Maryland, and it’s happening all over the country.
In the case of Joohi Hosain of Maryland, the court shockingly abandoned American standards, in making their ruling. The court ruling stated that the best interests of the child should be determined not by American law, but by applying Pakistani customs and an adherence to Islamic standards.
But sadly, the story gets even worse. The radical Islamist website, ShariaInAmerica.com, is celebrating this and other cases like it, as victories for Sharia Law in America. As part of a larger initiative to bring America more into alignment with Islamic Law, they rejoice over the court’s ruling, and provide resources for others who support the advancement of Political Islam in America, as to how they can prevail by imposing Sharia Law onto our American legal system. And, it is working!
While the Left is bending over backwards, to appease radical Islamist interests, and much of the Right is too cowardly to take a stand, cases like these continue to grow. The Center for Security Policy has identified at least 50 cases. But the Islamist site, ShariaInAmerica.com lists having over 72 victories for Sharia Law, and counting, and boasts that many have triumphed over our American law.
JudicialWatch.org cites former Central Intelligence Agency Director Jim Woolsey, a foreign policy specialist who has worked for both Democratic and Republican administrations, as saying that the United States is, not only at war with terrorists such as Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, but also with those who, over the long run, want to impose Sharia law. The former CIA Director indicated that Sharia is a theocratic dictatorship, extremely opposed to democracy and a movement to eliminate and destroy western civilization. He has also pointed out that the radical Islamic group, the Muslim Brotherhood, is largely behind the effort to bring Sharia to the United States.
So, is it really true, that this spike in verifiable cases, where American law is eclipsed by Islamic law, is part of a larger and more sinister objective, on the part of Islamists? Can we really go the way of Turkey, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Kosovo, Indonesia and so many other nations – nations who, over time, have fallen to Political Islam through the advancement of Sharia Law? It goes without saying, of course, that every nation which has allowed the advancement of Sharia into its culture is a nation where citizens do not enjoy the human rights that we enjoy today, under the law, in America.
Some might argue that such a scenario for America would be a bit extreme. Perhaps a more likely scenario would be radicalized enclaves (like the Jamaat ul Fuqra enclaves that are already established across America), that result from Islamic birth rates and immigration continuing to expand and more and more demands being made for special accommodation – such as what is brewing in much of Europe. Others have asserted that we may face a challenge not unlike the Cold War, where an enormous amount of our focus and resources are used up in order to protect our sovereignty and our liberty.
One thing is for certain – allowing for further compromises in our American legal system, in order to accommodate foreign law, can only make things worse for Americans, and not better.
If we do not take a stand, and demand the policy of American laws for American courts, there will most certainly be more innocent women and children victimized by the brutal and misogynistic Sharia Legal system and denied their full civil rights in America. There is much more to be learned about this by vising: TheShariahWarOnWomen.org.
In June 2011, the Center for Security Policy issued a report, Shariah Law and American State Courts: An Assessment of State Appellate Court Cases. The report evaluates 50 Appellate Court cases from 23 states that involve conflicts between Shariah (Islamic law) and American state law. From the introduction:
These cases are the stories of Muslim American families, mostly Muslim women and children, who were asking American courts to preserve their rights to equal protection and due process. These families came to America for freedom from the discriminatory and cruel laws of Shariah. When our courts then apply Shariah law in the lives of these families, and deny them equal protection, they are betraying the principles on which America was founded.
But perhaps, on a larger and more fundamental scale, the solution is real leadership – something that, at this low point in our American history, we sorely lack.
So how do the American people feel about banning foreign law in American courts, which deny the rights afforded to us under our Constitution? In a recent nationwide poll, about 5.9 percent approve of U.S. Courts applying Shariah law to decide cases in American courts, while over 76 percent disapprove. Clearly the time has come for much of our leadership to get off of the fence and to take a stronger stand.
But what has happened to our leaders? There seems to be a crisis of leadership in America today. Abraham Lincoln did not need a political adviser to run focus groups before deciding to sign the Emancipation Proclamation.
Clearly the greatest threat to our national security today comes from Political Islam. And they are doing a very effective job at keeping our leaders and our people distracted and confused. And it has been said that a house divided against its self will fall.
Wasn’t it Ronald Reagan who said, “If we lose the war for our freedoms, history will record that those who had the most to lose, did the least to prevent its happening”?
As I recall, he went on to say that, “There is only one guaranteed way you can have peace, and you can have it in the next second – surrender”.
Kansas Secretary of State Kobach proposed an amendment to the RNC platform opposing foreign laws that violate Constitutional principles. The “preview” of the platform downloaded by Politico includes language opposing judicial activism in applying foreign laws . This would have been unimaginable under the party of 2008. Standing up for our American way of life takes courage, sacrifice and sometimes nerves of steel. Who in our “leadership” will continue to answer that call?
“You and I must have the courage to say to our enemies - there is a price we will not pay, there is a point beyond which they must not advance.” - Ronald Reagan
A Republic is a place where we appreciate and protect the rule of law. We are all entitled to be treated equally, under the law. No one should ever, especially under duress – because they are a Muslim woman - be subject to the binding arbitration of Islamic law, especially when such foreign law violates the civil rights afforded to all of us. If those in our government, who are unable or unwilling to take a courageous stand in favor of protecting our American life, are not up to the job, for fear of losing popularity, what do we need them for? Why not vote them out?
We have hope, too, for there are leaders, incumbents and challengers, who support the Constitution over any parallel system of foreign law and who have the courage to take on the Shariah lobby. History will remember them as the voices of reason, and the names of those who apologized for Shariah will end up on history’s blooper reel.
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