Sharia Law in the U.S.: A Lesson from Europe

With the influx of immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, the United States justice system faced with answering a fundamental question – can the Constitution and Sharia Law peacefully coexist or are they mutually exclusive?

Ask any progressive that question and accusations of Islamophobia are sure to follow. Western liberals are quick to accuse supporters of President Trump’s ban on travel to and from some majority Muslim countries of being bigots. Under the banner of multiculturalism and tolerance, liberals have suddenly become patriots because they side with having no test at all for who can or cannot become a citizen.

The irony is that these progressives who wave the Constitution in support of refugees from Arab countries see no problem with the introduction of Sharia into the courts of America.

Countries in the European Union have had far more experience with the effect of Sharia on their legal systems and some of them are fighting back. The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has convened to consider if Islamic religious sharia law should be allowed to override a country’s domestic law?

Christian Concern, a non-profit organization based in London, intervened in a Greek case “because of the importance of the case in European law and its implications for countries across Europe, including the UK.”

The case in question is of far less importance than the implications of even hearing such a case. The particulars are a dispute over an inheritance but the far-reaching implication is whether any nation can allow a separate rule of law for one group over another.

Tim Dieppe, head of public policy of Christian Concern said that his organization took the case because “The use of Sharia has led to the promotion of parallel societies within the United Kingdom.”

At the heart of the discussion is the long-term effect of separate laws for Muslims who are citizens of a non-Muslim nation. According to Dieppe, “The United Kingdom has also become the European hub for Islamic finance. Any Grand Chamber ruling promoting the use of Sharia would only further give weight to the growing segregation of the Muslim community in England and its disassociation with democratic and British values.”

As seen in the case in Greece, allowing sharia law to take precedence over the civil laws of that sovereign state may be setting an alarming precedent for the 47 Member States of the European Union.

What progressives seem blind to is that they may be encouraging our courts to open a Pandora’s box of the very kind of repressive laws they oppose.

Kacem El Ghazzali is a writer, activist, and representative at the UN Human Rights Council. Ghazzali warns of the sledgehammer Islamophobia is:

A reliable method of censorship, Islamists frequently apply this phrase to quickly dispose of any logical or reasoned arguments, while simultaneously making their opponents appear dishonorable. What’s perplexing is that many Western liberals fall repeatedly into this trap. When it comes to Islam, under the banner of multiculturalism and misplaced tolerance, they’ve come to represent a regressive and even reactionary position.

The end result of this willing capitulation to sharia is:

The mosque instead of the Church that is requesting far-reaching powers. Islamic fundamentalism not only affects Muslim countries, but is also a global problem … in Europe, we see demands for religiously-justified special wishes of some Muslims .

It’s certain that American progressives would be up in arms if Christian fundamentalists demanded the segregation of the sexes in public swimming pools or boys only have male teachers. Again the irony is that the very group progressives champion believes Sharia allows for a way to impose far stricter discriminatory practices than most can imagine.

Immanuel Al-Manteeqi, a lecturer in the Humanities and ardent opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood and ISIS reminds his Western readers that women have real freedom in the West. They are treated as equals to me proven by their ascendance to the highest seats of power. Under sharia, it is more than doubtful that an Angela Merkel, Theresa May, or Hillary Clinton could have ever been elected through a democratic process.

In essence, this Muslim scholar is telling progressives – if you think sharia is so great, I invite you to visit the woman in Saudi Arabia who has been left destitute because sharia gave her husband the right to throw her away because he deemed her no longer acceptable.

~ American Liberty Report

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