Shariah, or Islamic law, may be spreading around the world, but it isn’t going to be established in the United States without opposition, vow members of the United American Committee.
Officials with the non-profit have erected a 48-foot-long billboard just outside of Detroit, home to one of the largest groups of Muslims in the U.S.
“SHARIA LAW THREATENS AMERICA,” warns the sign.
The UAC says it’s “dedicated to awakening the nation to the threats of radical Islam” and works to “educate Americans on the nature of Islamic extremism.”
The group’s mission is to battle against “the ideological aspects of the war on terror to counter elements of radical Islam in America.”
“Shariah law is a legal system recognized in many Islamic countries such as the former Taliban regime of Afghanistan, and currently Saudi Arabia, and is a
legal system which dictates beheadings, stonings, and other
punishments for what are listed as crimes under Shariah such as
homosexuality and adultery, and according to critics views women as
inferior granting them little rights,” the organization stated.
Tom Trento, a spokesman, said, “Muslims are the biggest victims of Shariah law in the world. We hope this message inspires the Muslims of America who
came to this country to escape Shariah to stand up against it.”
The organization’s website, whose address is featured on the billboard, highlights a video of Wafa Sultan, a Syrian Muslim who escaped the Middle East and has become a fierce critic of Islam and Shariah.
“At times, it feels to me
that Shariah is following me to the United States,” Sultan says in the
video, referring to radical Islamic charities and organizations operating in the U.S.
also points out that in Britain and France Shariah is being
enforced in various ways in certain communities. Britain recently sanctioned the establishment of Shariah courts
for civil matters among Muslims, the UAC noted.
“Our Constitution is not compatible
with Shariah,” Sultan said. Under the religious rules, “Women and children are deprived of rights we in the West take for granted.”
“Homeless in America is more attractive to me than living as a woman under Shariah,” she added. “I don’t want to face again the hell that I had kicked off 20 years ago. My biggest obligation is to preserve the free spirit of this wonderful country and not allow destructive forces to ruin it.”
The UAC billboard is in Luna Pier, 10 miles north of Toledo and 20 miles south of Detroit on Interstate 75, officials said.
The announcement about the sign comes as Islam expert Daniel Pipes warns in a report in the Jerusalem Post Shariah is advancing one step at a time into Western Europe and North America.
Pipes cited the recent case of a Scottish judge who “bent” the law to acknowledge a polygamous household, a status allowed under Shariah.
“The case involved a Muslim male who drove 64 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone – usually grounds for an automatic loss of one’s driving license. The defendant’s lawyer explained his client’s need to speed: ‘He has one wife in Motherwell and another in Glasgow and sleeps with one one night and stays with the other the next on an alternate basis. Without his driving license he would be unable to do this on a regular basis,'” Pipes reported.
“Sympathetic to the polygamist’s plight, the judge permitted him to retain his license,” he said.
The report said the ruling suggests monogamy, “long a foundation of Western civilization, is silently eroding under the challenge of Islamic law.”
Pipes reported at least six Western jurisdictions now accept harems, including Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Australia and Canada. Canada, for example, acknowledges “a marriage that is actually or potentially polygamous, if it was celebrated in a jurisdiction whose system of law recognizes it as valid.”
WND reported just days ago a Heritage Foundation expert’s warning the U.S. also needs to maintain active opposition to plans for “religious anti-defamation” laws both within its borders and on an international scale or face consequences.
In a report published on the foundation’s website, Steven Groves said the U.S.
“must remain wary of continuing efforts by U.N. member states to gain
wider acceptance of the ‘defamation of religions’ concept.” The proposal primarily targets any criticism of Islam.
Proponents “will continue to push the ‘defamation of religions’ agenda at the U.N. Human Rights Council, the U.N. General Assembly, and at other international forums such as the April 2009 Durban Review Conference,” Groves warned.
Groves is the Heritage Foundation’s Bernard and Barbara Lomas Fellow in the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, a division of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis
Institute for International Studies.
He also said within its own borders, the U.S. should refuse to recognize “a new legal cause of action that bans insults or criticism of religion,” because it would provide no benefit whatsoever.
States already have laws to condemn religious discrimination and prosecute acts of incitement to violence, he argued. The federal government “should tread extremely lightly where disputes over religious doctrine are concerned. The U.S. does not need a national speech code that would restrict the First Amendment rights of Americans, no matter how offensive that speech may be to any particular religious denomination.”
Groves cited the 2005 attempt by Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., who wanted to require that the Islamic holy book, the Quran, be treated with “dignity and respect.”
“Any attempt to establish a criminal or civil ‘defamation of religions’ law in the United States … must be strongly opposed,” Groves said. “Attempts to introduce such legislation may be incremental – notably, in May 2005, when a group of U.S. congressmen sponsored a resolution,” he said. “Such piecemeal legislation must be closely guarded against.”
U.S. Department of the Treasury
According to its announcement, the “Islamic Finance 101” forum is “designed to help inform the policy community about Islamic financial services, which are an increasingly important part of the global financial industry.”
The Treasury Department has collaborated with Harvard University’s Islamic Finance Project to coordinate its instructions.
Revealingly, a recent report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, the premium online newsletter published by the founder of WND, said Britain’s MI6 intelligence service identified a group that raises funds with impunity in London as the organization whose militia members in Somalia imposed a Shariah death sentence on a 13-year-old rape victim.
The report describes how the group recently imposed the brutal punishment on a child in the Somalian town of Kismayo.
A 13-year-old girl, described in an intelligence report as “little more than a pretty child,” was sentenced to be stoned to death by the all-male court.
It imposed the sentence on Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow after she had complained to the local Shariah court that she had been gang-raped by, among others, her cousins.
But the court found her guilty of adultery and sentenced her to death by stoning.
She was taken from the courthouse to a local sports stadium. There she was buried up to her neck in sand and then stoned in front of a 1,000-strong crowd.
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