Clearly the objective of all these initiatives, in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama and everywhere else, is to outlaw the elements of political Islam that contradict Constitutional protections of freedom of speech and legal equality for all people. They are not intended to outlaw the private religious practice of Islam; Islam would be a matter of complete indifference to every non-Muslim were it not for its political and supremacist aspects, particularly the elements of Sharia that deny basic rights to women and non-Muslims and eliminate the freedom of conscience and freedom of speech.
Yet the Islamic groups in every state where such bills have been introduced respond with the same tired talking points: this bill will make it illegal to be a Muslim, it demonizes Islam, etc. They would be much more credible if they allowed for and participated in a public debate about the political aspects of Islamic law, and explained how exactly they understood those elements in light of the U.S. Constitution. That instead they simply deny the existence of political Islam and demonize the anti-Sharia forces is a telling indication that they are not interested in dealing on this honestly, but are, like so many other Islamic spokesmen in this country, once again trying to deceive the American people.
“Alabama senator tries to ban use of Islamic law,” from the Associated Press, March 4 (thanks to all who sent this in):
ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) – A Republican senator from Cottondale has introduced a bill in the Legislature that would ban the use of Islamic law in Alabama courts.
Sen. Gerald Allen can’t cite any examples of Muslims trying to have Islamic law recognized in Alabama courts, but he says the bill is designed to protect future generations from erosion of the Constitution.
The president of the Birmingham Islamic Society, Ashfaq Taufique, told The Anniston Star that the bill is an effort to “demonize Islam and Muslims.”…