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Rep. Tom Tancredo
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., introduced a bill to the House of Representatives that seeks to prevent Islamic law from gaining a foothold in the U.S. legal system, as it has in other countries.
Tancredo introduced HR 6975, the Jihad Prevention Act, last week. If made into law, the bill would allow American authorities to prevent advocates of Islamic law, or Shariah, from entering the country, revoke the visa of any foreigners that champion it and revoke naturalization for citizens that seek to implement it in the U.S.
The radical form of Shariah includes several statutes objectionable to Western minds, including stoning for adulterous women, amputation for thieves and the death sentence for converting from Islam.
“When you have an immigration policy that allows for the importation of millions of radical Muslims,” Tancredo said in a statement, “you are also importing their radical ideology – an ideology that is fundamentally hostile to the foundations of Western democracy – such as gender equality, pluralism and individual liberty.
“The best way to safeguard America against the importation of the destructive effects of this poisonous ideology is to prevent its purveyors from coming here in the first place,” Tancredo said.
As WND reported, large Muslim populations in Canada seeking to live out their faith have convinced the Canadian government to permit the enforcement of Shariah.
The journal of the American Bar Association reported last week that Islamic court rulings are now enforceable in the United Kingdom as well.
Tancredo said he “moved quickly” to prevent similar legal entanglements in the U.S.
“We need to send a clear message that the only law we recognize here in America is the U.S. Constitution and the laws passed by our democratically elected representatives,” he concluded. “If you aren’t comfortable with that concept, you aren’t welcome in the United States.”
WND contacted the Council on American-Islamic Relations for comment on the bill but received none.
HR 6975 has been referred to the House Committee on Judiciary for review.