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The Muslims Are Coming, The Muslims Are Coming–And It’s All Legal

Posted on October 22 2010 7:00 pm
Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. For extended biography visit The Phyllis Chesler Organization.

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An amendment to the Oklahoma state constitution would ban the use of sharia law in court rulings.

In France, young Muslims have been rioting for days—not about the age of retirement but in a display of hostility towards the French Republic; some are now describing this violence as “anti-French racism.” In Holland, young Muslims riot incessantly and call out the vilest hate speech imaginable against America, Israel, Jews, Holland, and infidels—and yet Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, is still the one on trial for telling the truth about Islamic jihad because it offended some Muslims.

No, the Wilders trial is not yet over; three judges must first agree with both the defense and the prosecution who have both asked that all charges be dropped.

Meanwhile, in the United States, Juan Williams was just fired by NPR aka National Palestinian Radio for admitting that he, like so many others, including many Muslims, “feels” some trepidation when he sees Arabs in Islamic clothing board a plane.

But Americans face an even more serious danger than offended Muslims or foreign and home grown Muslim terrorists.

Contrary to many fears, sharia (Muslim religious law) cannot be imposed. It is unlikely that sharia law will overthrow American constitutional law or that American judges will issue rulings based on the Qur’an.

But here’s what can happen; in fact, it is already happening.

Voters in Oklahoma will soon be voting on a “Save our State” bill which passed the Republican-controlled state legislature. The proposed Oklahoma legislation (State Question 775) is essentially a preemptive strike against the possibility that sharia law might become either an acceptable alternative to American law or that it will supersede it.

In 2004, in Oklahoma, the U.S. Justice Department helped a 6th grade girl win the right to wear hijab in public school. The Justice Department said: “No student should be forced to choose between following her faith and enjoying the benefits of a public education.” Many Muslim Americans have used American law to argue for their right to wear hijab, receive special halal food, segregate a public swimming pool, obtain foot baths at universities, etc.

However, this is not the same as winning rights under sharia law and not the same as winning “sharia” rights. The argument concerns religious rights which are guaranteed by the American Constitution, at least according to Justice Department lawyers.

I support the Oklahoma legislation, especially since Muslim-American leaders, such as Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, of the Ground Zero mosque, has insisted that sharia is already compliant with American law.

However, he is lying. For example, polygamy, wife beating, marital rape, child marriage, the execution of apostates, the stoning of adulterers, special banking and dietary rules—are all compliant with sharia law, but not with the laws of the United States of America.

Since the issue of stealth jihad via lawsuit is real, it is important that we are accurate in describing how exactly this is being done.

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