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August 23, 2012
GOP Platform Addresses Sharia Encroachment
Reports (at "Live" wire , repeated at Salon) are quoting Kansas Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach to the effect that the GOP platform has adopted an amendment which addresses Sharia encroachment. Kobach stated,
Despite the predictable sneering and distressing ignorance which frames these reports by two agitprop "journalists," and Kobach's own noble, if incomplete assessment of the profundity of the problem, this is very welcome news.
Kobach referred to Kansas's recently passed law-a version of American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) legislation-which should remind us all that the earliest of these laws (now also passed in Tennessee, Arizona, and Louisiana) have been in effect for several years without being challenged, let alone overturned. David Yerushalmi recently provided a very clear, didactic example of the need for ALAC-style laws, which corrects Kobach's assessment about courts not having accepted Sharia-based arguments.
Yersuhlami described in brief an appellate court decision from Maryland, cited in a Center for Security Policy Study, where
The salient facts of the case, and appellate court ruling, were summarized by Yerushalmi as follows:
Here are the Maryland appellate court's own words, cited by Yerushalmi:
Let me summarize for the (hope against hope) edification of the "Live" wire , and Salon, agitprop journalists, the liberty-crushing, dehumanizing nature of Sharia: open-ended jihadism to subjugate the world to a totalitarian Islamic order; rejection of bedrock Western liberties-including freedom of conscience and speech-enforced by imprisonment, beating, or death; discriminatory relegation of non-Muslims to outcast, vulnerable pariahs, and even Muslim women to subservient chattel; and barbaric punishments which violate human dignity, such as amputation for theft, stoning for adultery, and lashing for alcohol consumption.
I would also point out how the two agitprop journalists steadfastly ignore: ominous polling data from US Muslims; jihad funding trial revelations and the content of more banal Muslim litigation proceedings; mosque surveillance reports; analyses of Islamic education institutions and their Muslim schoolchildren's textbooks; the issuance of obscurantist "fatwas" (Islamic legal rulings) by the respected, mainstream Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America; and an open declaration by one of America's largest mainstream Muslim organizations, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), in its 2010 ICNA Member's Hand Book, which calls for the (re-)creation of a global Muslim Caliphate, and the imposition of Sharia in America.
Notwithstanding the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America's (AMJA's) mainstream acceptance, including uncritical endorsement of its seventh annual American conference in Houston (October 15-18, 2010) to train American imams, AMJA has issued rulings which sanction the killing of apostates (here), "blasphemers" (including non-Muslims guilty of this "crime"; here), or adulterers (by stoning to death, here), and condone marital rape. Even more ominously, another Arabic-language fatwa from AMJA's Dr. Salah Al-Sawy leaves open the possibility for offensive jihad against America and the West, as soon as Muslims are strong enough to do so. When asked whether "the Islamic missionary effort in the West ... [was] to the point where it could take advantage of offensive jihad," Al-Sawy ruled:
Just six months ago (3/14/12), Translating Jihad put what one might wish to deem as these circumscribed, "purely Islamic" rulings, in a more disturbing-and entirely unacceptable, seditious context. AMJA's own words make plain the organization's long term commitment to superseding the US legal code with its antithesis, a Sharia-based system.
Judge Billings Learned Hand (1872-1961) was a US judge and judicial philosopher. Hand served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and subsequently the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Hand has the distinction of having been quoted more often than any other lower-court judge by legal scholars and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Apropos to the phenomenon of encroaching Sharia, and my training as a physician to be attuned to early, treatable manifestations of potentially catastrophic illnesses, I re-read Judge Hand's 1950 opinion from United States v. Dennis, I83 F.2d 20I, 2I3 (2d Cir. 1950). The case involved Communist agitation designed to violently impose a new "utopian" order in America. Hand's discussion included a little known, if clear-eyed, direct analogy between ancient Islamic and modern Communist totalitarianism, which contained a specific reference to Islam's inherent militancy.
In his famous conclusion (from paragraph 51), Judge Hand states,
Earlier, in paragraph 15, Judge Hand, describing the font of militant global Communism, Communist Soviet Russia, made this direct analogy:
Contemperaneously, Bernard Lewis, still considered by many to be their doyen of living Western Islamic scholars, validated Judge Hand's analogy. Lewis, in his 1954 essay "Communism and Islam," expounded upon on the quintessence of totalitarian Islam, and how it was antithetical in nature to Western democracy, while sharing important features of Communist totalitarianism - most notably, global domination via jihad.
We must regain the thoughtful sobriety of Judge Learned Hand, and other intellectuals of that era if we are to preserve our hard won freedoms from the modern scourge of ancient Islamic totalitarianism, resurgent-including within the United States, as directed by "religious leaders" cum seditious "legists," such as the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America. The Republican platform rejecting Sharia encroachment is an appropriate, sorely needed step in the right direction.
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