I have no problem with individuals practicing their religious belief. That concept is one of the fundamental concepts of the foundation of this country. However, at the same time, The United States should not be expected to recognize Religious Laws as justification for the actions of individuals violating the Constitutional, codified laws of The United States. That seems to be the intent of Muslims. The idea that Sharia should somehow supercede Constitutional law when considering those who practice Islam.
At issue is an amendment to Oklahoma State Constitution which would bar judges from considering Islamic law in Oklahoma State Courts. Muneer Awad a 27-year-old graduate of Georgia Law School, born in Michigan, appealed the law based on the perception that the Oklahoma law violates the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the establishment of a religion. Awad said that he is trying to defend the First Amendment. He is the director of Oklahoma’s chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). Awad said in a recent interview, according to USA Today 12-09-10, that the Oklahoma law would prohibit a judge from probating his will, written in compliance with Islamic principles, or adjudicating other domestic matters such as divorces and custody disputes involving Muslims.
A case example according to Awad which occurred earlier this year an appeals court in New Jersey overturned a state court judges refusal to issue a restraining order against a Muslim man who forced his wife to engage in Sexual intercourse. The judge found that the man did not intend to rape his wife because he believed his religion permitted him to have sex with her whenever he desired. The case presents a conflict between criminal law and religious perceptions or precepts. ” In resolving this conflict, the judge determined to except the husband from the operation of the states statutes as the result of his religious beliefs. In doing so the judge was mistaken”.
There is no question here as to what is going on. There is a movement by Muslims across the country to inject Sharia law as a part of, or inclusive of American Constitutional Law. The idea is that radical Jihadists are attempting to inject Sharia law to weaken Democracies law. This has been happening all over the world. It is called for by requesting the respect for or consideration of their law out of respect for their religious beliefs.
If Oklahoma had instead clarified that no religious law shall supercede the Constitutional or Statutory laws of this State or the U.S. Constitution of The United States and those laws by the Constitution of The United States, it might have been a different case altogether. However, by focusing directly on one religion, in this case Islam, and making laws prohibiting Sharia law specifically, might well be considered unconstitutional. Such laws directed at any specific religious order, ie; Jewish, Protestants, Catholic, or any other religion could be challenged on the same grounds.
However, making laws that are genetic would establish that the only law recognized in the United States, are those laws set forth through The Constitution Of The United States.
Recognition of Sharia law, or for that matter International law as laws that would over rule those laws as set forth by our Constitution would weaken our laws which I might add is exactly what Jihadists want. It is part of their master plan to establish their law as the law of all nations. That means to do so they must first weaken democratic law and then eradicate it altogether, replacing it with Islamic law.
I have seen some responses to these articles which basically refuse to recognize that this debate is going on. We can not ignore what is in fact happening all around us. Facts are facts. It is what it is, and if we ignore what is happening around us today, soon life, liberty, freedom of religious belief, and whatever other freedoms we enjoy will be nothing more than a mere memory. It was what it was.
Then I assure you, we will wish we had debated the subject when we had the freedom, right and privilege to do so.
That’ my point of view………I look forward to hearing yours……Until then
Have a great day and as usual…………….GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!