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"SHARIA IS HATE"
By Supna Zaidi

THE U.S.A. & THE WEST UNDER ISLAMIC LAW:  WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY, CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY & TOLERANCE, IF SHARIA & ISLAMISM SPREAD TO THE WESTERN WORLD -- HOW ISLAMISTS WOULD GOVERN THE WORLDWIDE MUSLIM UMMAH -- HOW WOMEN & NON-MUSLIMS WOULD BE TREATED -- ISLAMISM AS A TOTALITARIAN IDEOLOGY
FULL STORY:   Imagine Dodger Stadium full of loud and whooping fans cheering on, not baseball, but your weekly stoning and flogging of adulterers, thieves, and other errant citizens of southern California.

This would be America under Islamic law, or Shari'a, a system that everyone should fear. Or so, Alan Kornman, Director of the United American Committee (UAC) thinks. He continues to fundraise for a freeway billboard in Florida stating, "Shari'a Is Hate," to educate America before it's too late.

Kornman argues:

    ". . . under Shari'a law, if you are accused of stealing, a hand and foot from opposite sides are amputated. If you are caught having an affair, the woman is stoned to death and the man is given 80 lashes. If you change religions, you can be charged under apostasy laws and given the death sentence by a legal Sharia court."

The implementation of Shari'a is much more subtle than the quotation from Kornman suggests, however.

Through Shari'a, Islamists govern the private lives of individuals, as well as regulate the social, political, and economic aspects of society. Islamism crosses national borders, with the final goal of asserting the Muslim Ummah -- the Muslim Community, or Islamic Nation -- globally, with all non-Muslims governed and treated as second class citizens. Islamism is a totalitarian ideology, and Islamists do want to make Europe and the U.S.A. Islamist regions within a worldwide Muslim sovereign state.

Don't wait for floggings in your local neighborhood. Consider the following incidences:

1. Muslim cab drivers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, refusing fares where would-be passengers are carrying alcohol because it is a sin to drink in Islam.

    This first example exemplifies the lack of tolerance Islamists have for non-Muslims. It is one thing to believe drinking is a sin; it's quite another to enforce your opinion on others. Muslims aren't alone in this belief. Consider Mormons, who don't drink coffee because of the caffeine. The problem is the belief that you have the right to impose your opinion on people of a different faith, or no faith at all.

    The Metropolitan Airport Commission (MAC), possibly fearing charges of discrimination, tried to compromise and approached Kahlid Elmasry of the Muslim American Society, who sided with the cabbies: "it is expressly stated transportation of alcohol for Muslims is against the Islamic faith, and therefore forbidden."

    But this is not an Islamic country. The Constitution of the United States governs us, not Shari'a. Therefore, Elmasry's defense of the cabbies' position reinforced their notion that Islamic law trumps American secular law. In a later lawsuit, the cabbies lost and intend to appeal.

2. Niqabi fails to reveal face for ID purposes.

    The second example concerns Muslim women and modesty. While there is no specific definition of what modesty entails in the Qur'an, Islamists increasingly demand the niqab, which covers a woman's body, hair, and her face. Islamists refuse to concede that the niqab is not a requirement of Islam, and is greatly debated among Muslims. Yet, when Americans raise security concerns, Islamists call them racist.

    Consider, Sultana Freeman, a niqabi in Florida. She refused to remove her veil for picture identification purposes at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) citing modesty. In reality, she mocks any reasonable person's definition of modesty, since ID pictures have nothing to do with attraction and sexuality, completely ignoring Florida's right to identify its citizenry for the sake of public safety. Such blind adherence to Shari'a, rather than the laws of the state, exemplifies the disdain Islamists have for non-Muslims wherever they may live, as well as for use of common sense and good judgement.

3. Polygamy in America

    Imams in the United States are obligated to perform their duties within the limits of American secular law. Yet, some Imams, like Siraj Wahhaj, prefer to ignore American law where it conflicts with Islamic law. Wahhaj stated in Paul Barrett's 2007 book American Islam that, "If a man can have a hundred girlfriends, and it's legal, I don't say you can't have more than one wife."

    Rather than explain what is wrong with men having multiple relationships, Wahhaj greenlights it under the guise of polygamy, despite American law against it. This is because he only sees relationships from a usurious male perspective when he should be teaching men to see women as equals and partners. Moreover, he ignores a woman's perspective entirely. Subsequent wives have no legal rights. Family problems, domestic abuse, combined with economic dependency, forces women to remain silent when issues arise.

    Wahhaj also ignores the criminal fraud behind polygamy as well. The United Kingdom and Canada, like the U.S.A., face welfare fraud every time polygamous marriages are made. Subsequent wives live in a marital household, yet can file for welfare as single women because they fail to register the marriage. The failure to register is not an accident. Polygamous couples know that, if they file, they will be arrested for violating local bigamy laws. Second, these couples realize the financial advantages, given current welfare policy. Such fraud is occurring in the thousands and is a burden to all taxpayers.

It is time for policymakers to realize that Sharia is a system of hate and must not gain any influence in American society. It denigrates women, non-Muslims, and the U.S. Constitution. Policymakers must define the limits of religious accommodation in light of the Islamist agenda. Otherwise, constitutional democracy and true tolerance will be mere words with no meaning as Islamism spreads in the West. The UAC billboard is a good start in bringing the danger of Sharia to the American nation's attention.


LINKS TO RELATED TOPICS:
Islamism & Jihadism -- The Threat of Radical Islam
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Middle East -- Arabs, Arab States,
& Their Middle Eastern Neighbors

American Foreign Policy -- The Middle East

International Politics & World Disorder:
War, Peace, & Geopolitics in the Real World:
Foreign Affairs & U.S. National Security

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Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.

Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization

Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Counterterrorism & U.S. National Security

U.S. National Security Strategy

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POLITICAL SYSTEMS (POLITICAL REGIMES):
CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY & OTHER POLITICAL REGIMES
Modern Constitutional Democracy:
Fundamental Character & Essential Ingredients

Constitutionalism: The First Essential Ingredient
of Modern Constitutional Democracy

Dictatorship: The Opposite of Constitutionalism

Representative Democracy: The Second Essential Ingredient
of Modern Constitutional Democracy

Direct Democracy & Representative Democracy

Political Culture & Modern Constitutional Democracy

Modern Constitutional Democracy:
Summary & Conclusion



Supna Zaidi is Editor-in-Chief of Muslim World Today and Assistant Director of "Islamist Watch" at the Middle East Forum.


The foregoing article by Supna Zaidi was originally published in Front Page Magazine, October 6, 2008, and can be found on the Internet website maintained by the Middle East Forum, a foreign policy think tank which seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East, defining U.S. interests to include fighting radical Islam, working for Palestinian Arab acceptance of the State of Israel, improving the management of U.S. efforts to promote constitutional democracy in the Middle East, reducing America's energy dependence on the Middle East, more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis--vis Saudi Arabia, and countering the Iranian threat. (Article URL: http://www.meforum.org/article/1993)


Republished with Permission of the Middle East Forum
Reprinted from the Middle East Forum News
mefnews@meforum.org (MEF NEWS)
October 7, 2008




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