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Bill Would Ban Sharia Law and Advocates from U.S.

By September 22, 2008

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Sharia law, and its advocates, would be banished from the United States under "The Jihad Prevention Act" just introduced by U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado, 6th).

Sharia law is a form of Islamic justice often criticized for its brutal physical punishments, including flogging and execution by stoning. Sharia punishment is often enforced against women found guilty of "Haram" offenses such as premarital sex and adultery.

Tancredo's bill would bar foreign nationals who advocate Sharia law from entering the United States and make advocacy of Sharia law a deportable offense.

"Any alien who fails to attest, in accordance with procedures specified by the Secretary of Homeland Security, that the alien will not advocate installing a Sharia law system in the United States is inadmissible."

"Advocating the installation of a Sharia law system in the United States shall constitute a ground for revocation of a person's naturalization under this subsection."

The United Kingdom recently declared the decisions of the five Sharia courts operating within the U.K. to be legally enforceable. "Today the British people are learning a hard lesson about the consequences of massive, unrestricted immigration," said Tancredo in a press release.

"When you have an immigration policy that allows for the importation of millions of radical Muslims, 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," declared Tancredo.

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Comments

September 22, 2008 at 11:58 am
(1) Hasan Mahmud says:

I am a believer Muslim. Better late than never – Rep. Tom Tancredo did the right thing. Other countries, specially my home Canada must follow.

This battle cannot be completely won unless common good Muslims are detached from Sharia-Islam. We have enough documents to prove that Sharia-Islam is actually a betrayal to justice, peace, the Quran and Islam. Muslims are its primary victims. We must have a venue to show these to common Muslims.

Keep it up.

Hasan Mahmud.

July 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm
(2) Abdu Raheem says:

Hasan,

How can you call yourself a believer and “detach” yourself from Shariah (Allah’s Law)? Do you prefer the rule of men to the rule of the Divine? Do you not know the verse where your Lord has told that anyone who rules by other than His Law is a disbeliever?

Abdu Raheem

October 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm
(3) DKM says:

Hasan Mahmud You are right about Sharia Law. It is wrong and it allows men to rape women and get away with it and a wife put to death for adultery when she was not the reason that she was raped. Your right that it caused men to be ruled by men and not God. We may not agree about who God is and we may have different religions. We agree on this law. If the Koran forbids rape and the rapist should be punished and not the woman then then the Sharia law wouldn’t not even follow the Koran. I do not see anything in the Sharia to protect the earth against pollutions and tearing up our planet. I see nothing in the Sharia law that protects the animals and the rights of animals. I also don’t see anything that protects the children against rapists, and physical abuse. The rights of women they have no rights. Your right. How can a person call them selves a believer and disobey God. Then they can’t be a believer at all. Then they are not a true believer, and they nothing but a synagogue of Satan. They are evil not good. Thank you for your post. I enjoyed it.

September 22, 2008 at 2:21 pm
(4) American K says:

right on hasan! we need more people like you who know and have maybe experienced sharia law to stand up and let everyone know that it is the wrong kind of law to allow into the usa. i know that the english court has just given the ok for muslims to practice sharia law over there. i feel for the muslim women who must obey this law and are treated as a 2nd class citizen behind men. if these women are living in a free society, so too should they enjoy the same freedoms that every other woman has.
i love tom tancredo. he’s a man with backbone.

September 22, 2008 at 3:51 pm
(5) BT says:

Sharia is a scary, dangerous and primitive legal/cultural system. It should be banned from all Western nations.

Furthermore, muslim immigration should be reduced because so many muslims do bring their primitive culture and societal values and behavior with them to the US and other Western countries.

More muslim immigrants = sharia law. Therefore, reduce muslim immigration (in fact, reduce all immigration into the USA for 10 years).

September 23, 2008 at 12:37 am
(6) Samantha says:

Advocating Sharia law is advocating overthrowing the U.S. government. Tom Tancredo spells it out. We need to recognize this threat and demand passage of this bill.
Thank you, Tom.

September 23, 2008 at 12:49 am
(7) levotb says:

If it passes, this could be Tancredo’s legacy. He’s done very little legislatively in the years he’s been in Congress.

Unfortunately, sharia law is already ipso facto in parts of Canada. The U.S. is home to many radical Muslims. What are we doing about it? Are we kicking down doors? No. Why not?

September 23, 2008 at 7:26 am
(8) Amy says:

Tancredo sounds as if he is channeling McCarthy. Advocating sharia, which is not a discrete set of laws, does not equal advocating violent overthrow of the U.S. government. Besides, the U.S. already has a terrific and lasting guideline to creating law–the constitution. Despite taking a recent beating, it seems perfectly sound. And that constitution permits freedom of expression and religion. Why doesn’t Tancredo want to abide by the wonderful guidelines established by our founding fathers?

September 23, 2008 at 8:40 am
(9) Omer says:

What I am unable to understand is that isn’t democracy that if the people want, they can enact any law? If they don’t want, they cannot? Doesn’t that mean that if American people do not want, they cannot enact Shariah?

The bill doesn’t even understand the difference between “Jihad” and “Shariah”!

Also, it seems that Tancredo doesn’t have much understanding of Shariah – he’s confusing what the ‘radicals’ say versus what Shariah really is. For instance, under this bill, if a Muslim happens to support death penalty, could he be charged with the “crime of supporting Shariah” even though he could be doing so on secular grounds?

September 25, 2008 at 2:00 am
(10) islamofascist says:

As a person from the world’s largest democracy- India, I know what sharia law does. Its a barbaric law which was set up in the 6th century AD and is inhuman to put it in short. India has one of the highest populations of Muslims and they have established a parallel judicial system. Do we want that in this country.

An example of a real case in India shows how ridiculous and inhuman this law can get.

A woman who was raped was told that she needed to divorce her husband, sleep with another man before she could marry her husband again. It totally defies common sense and logic.

First there will be shariah law , then they will demand a separate state then a separate country. We need to reject these 6th century barbaric laws which has no place in this country and in our constitution.

There is also a huge loophole in this bill. There is nothing which stops the citizens of this country , who are not immigrants, but born in the US (mainly children of immigrants)to try and establish Shariah law. We need to look at that angle too.

Please read what happens to people under these laws in Iran and Saudi Arabia. If people of every religion and every ethnicity starts demanding their own set of laws this country will soon be divided.

Also for those who need more information about the truth about islam…please visit http://www.faithfreedom.org..it exposes what islam and shariah law really is.

September 25, 2008 at 2:01 am
(11) Jim says:

Don’t worry, Omer. It’s okay for Muslims to support secular laws. Tancredo is just trying to prevent radical Muslims from imposing Shariah law on moderate American Muslims under the guise of religious freedom or multiculturism. The bottom line is that if you come to America, you have to adopt and abide by OUR laws. If you think our legal system is inferior or inadequate, that is your right, but don’t expect us to welcome you into this country.

September 26, 2008 at 2:11 pm
(12) devildog says:

Hasan is totally right, as-salaamu ‘alaikum!

and for the rest of you Shalom, and God Bless..

Amy you are wrong.. 110% .. This is what the forefathers and framers of America had in mind… Seperation of church and state.

In England the church forced laws..

America calls for a seperation of law and religion.. Even if Christian values support the laws the government chooses.

Let’s not forget.. some of the Muslim beliefs are supported by US laws as well. This is more less a general code of well being, and laws that promote general welfare.

Sharia however.. thats just not going to promote welfare for anyone.. Believe me, that law would have us stone to death half of the kids I went to high school with.

People have to be allowed to decide for themselves what personal practices and lifestyles to pursue! that is why it is America, and not Iran.

September 28, 2008 at 2:46 am
(13) cliff says:

Senator McCain has it correct. Senator Obama does not understand the depth and serious nature of terrorism to the United States. A benchmark for reference was evident in Senator Obama’s speech given on Thursday July 24th at Victory Column at Tiergarten Park in Berlin.

When Obama remarks, “If we could win a battle of ideas against the communists, we can stand with the great majority of Muslims who reject the extremism that leads to hate instead of hope.” what the Senator fails to grasp is understanding the fundamental difference between an idea and a revelation.

Marx and Engels had an idea based on self that, as noted by Frances B Randall Ph.D. “All human history must be understood as history of competing material forces and interests.” In contrast, as noted by David L. Johnson Ph.D. in his book A Reasoned Look At Asian Religions, Islam is a revelation based in the Koran, which lays down the fundamental ideas of Muslim faith “For Muslims it is not a historical document. Instead it is an immediate and unconventional revelation of God’s will for mankind expressed in His own eternal words.”

It would be like the Senator having a conversation with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and making a comment to Ahmadinejad: “Mohammad had a great idea.” But then again this is the same Senator who made the comment: “we go over to Europe, and all we can say is, ‘merci beaucoup.’” As Kauthanammer points out “Obama speaks no French.”

One can only wonder if Senator Obama has read the recent National Defense Strategy approved by Defense Secretary Robert Gates? In part “Iraq and Afghanistan remain the central fronts in the struggle, but we cannot lose sight of the implications of fighting a long-term, episodic, multi-front, and multi-dimensional conflict more complex and diverse than the Cold War confrontation with communism,” the Post quoted the document as saying.

The report certainly lends credence to the fact that the free world is not fighting an idea but a revelation.

Perhaps on the next round of questions the moderator might have the moxy to ask Obama the following question: “: “Senator Obama If you were elected President of the United States, under what circumstances, if any, would you consider asking congress in considering Sharia law as a viable alternative for Muslims to settle legal disputes apart from the current recognized and established American legal system, regardless of the U.S. Constitution?”

A question not to out of the ordinary considering the relevance and importance of Congressman Tom Tancredo’s proposed HR 6975 : “Jihad Prevention Act” that would deny U.S. visas to advocates of ‘Sharia’ law, expel Islamists already here.

September 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm
(14) Lily Guzman says:

It has been said that if we don’t learn from history it repeats itself. We must learn from our lessons on 9-11. I am sure good muslims are as appalled with radical muslims as the rest of us, we must rescind our welcomoe to all those who come to America and take advantage of our constitutional freedoms to us. I support this bill!!! Thank you Tancredo!,

September 30, 2008 at 5:29 pm
(15) Harold says:

If one is an American, whether Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist or whatever, the U.S. Constitution is the standard! It should be upheld and enforced above all other laws. It insures liberty. The bill advocated by Tancredo is long overdue.

October 1, 2008 at 10:20 am
(16) L.T. says:

This bill doesn’t make sense. The title doesn’t reconcile with the objective at all.

Here are my issues…..
1) The bill doesn’t aim to prevent Jihad as the title claims. Per the language of the bill, the prevention of Sharia from replacing the Constitution is the objective. I wasn’t aware that this was a threat we were facing. In fact, I’m not at all convinced that this is a threat we face. This seems to me to be a reaction to the election of a Muslim Congressman from Minnesota, Muslim governor in Louisiana, and the presidential campaign of a certain democrat with a Muslim name. What Mr. Tancredo and his staff obviously fail to understand is that Jihad and Sharia are not interchangeable terms at all. In fact, Jihad isn’t even part of Sharia. Sharia is the application of God’s law. Jihad is the protection of Islam. The only thing they have in common is that they are both part of the Islamic religion. No where in Sharia is Jihad a legal requirement. I would recommend that Mr. Tancredo’s staff (since they would have drafted the bill) do further homework and actually read up on the thing they are trying to combat.

2) I understand and agree that there are people who would do us harm domestically and we need to be vigilant. However, Mr. Tancredo needs to realize that we are a democracy. We do not persecute or punish people for their beliefs, only their actions. I agree that there is a real danger posed by the small minority of Muslims that are extreme in their warped interpretation of Islam, but to start acting against people for their beliefs is the beginning of something very bad. What is the limit of this? Will we start banning people for being pro-choice? Will we start banning people for not supporting Israel unconditionally? Will we ban people for not supporting the war in Iraq? The diversity of beliefs in our country is part of what makes this country great and helps to form comprehensive policies. A few people believing that God’s law is better than man-made law will not trump the Constitution.

October 2, 2008 at 8:59 am
(17) Ed of Virginia says:

LT, I appreciate your comments, however, all Muslims are commanded to live by Korannic demands to go forth and convert, if successful the convertee becomes a second class citizen, if conversion fails, that person must be put to death. (Sura 9.5). Sharia Law relegates women to 2nd class citizenship, if raped, the woman is guilty and may be stoned to death.

I congratulate Mr. Tancredo and hope he can find support in this PC country.

January 5, 2009 at 4:16 am
(18) frank falcon says:

Unconstitutional. I am a jew, and I can’t say that I back sharia law, however this is headed towards what we read about in brave new world or 1984.

A more constitutional way to pass something like this is to introduce a bill that would ban sharia law outright. Deporting or not allowing someone to come here because they agree with sharia law on a mental level is the same kind of thought crime stuff we read about in the above books I mentioned.

I’m sure people fantasize about sleeping with [enter name of current celeb] but would you hold them legally accountable for raping said celebrity for THINKING about it? I can see someone being deporting for carrying out or enacting sharia law, but the language needs to be changed.

February 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm
(19) MuslimFeminist says:

Sharia law is scary. But has anyone ever been able to find a sharia lawbook? A common book that all countries implementing sharia law follow. No, because it is a complicated, ambiguous and lengthy set of laws. All based on interpretation or jurisprudence but at the end of the day from the minds of men. So they’re all varying and many of the laws are wrong. Some laws do not represent the primary message behind Islam; SOCIAL JUSTICE. Muslims need to stop focusing on how to implement Sharia law and/or advocating Sharia law and focus more on more important and pressing concerns, such as the hijacking of the religion Islam and the title Muslim, by radical fanatics raised in patriarchal culture-heavy societies.
Oh and Tancredos bill… HAH! What a joke. He is clearly ignorant to Islam and Sharia. An immigration policy that allows millions of radical muslims..?? There is no democratic westernized country with millions of radical muslims. The majority of Muslims in western countries are in fact moderate.
Oh and Jihad Prevention Act? Any misguided Muslim supporter of Sharia law in the US has every right granted to them in the US to advocate it. What a piece of work.

May 30, 2009 at 9:38 am
(20) Liberation says:

To those of you who would even think of supporting Sharia Law, just don’t. Nothing good comes from that and I can tell you that first hand living in a country that implement both Sharia & Secular Law itself. And the best way for you to understand & feel the kind of suffering that it may have against our freedom is to become a muslim & do what you usually do as a liberal american citizen. You’ll get a first hand experience with thoughts running through your head, “This isn’t fair!” when they drag you to Sharia court according to their law! And would you even want your daughter/wife/sis to produce 4 witnesses as required by the Sharia law that should prove she’s raped even though she knew that lone rapist? Its purely Garbage In, Garbage Out. Its not the muslim, its Sharia Law!

August 28, 2009 at 5:12 pm
(21) amanda says:

How about we keep the radical muslim freaks out of Our country, and the UK? Christianity is already the main religion here and it goes against sharia law almost completely. Americans will never appease that barbaric lifestyle, I dont care how many bills are passed, we wont give in.

February 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm
(22) Gavin says:

This is a ban that both Democrats and Republicans can get behind. Sharia law is a horrible method of social justice. It has NO PLACE in America. As a Democrat, I would support any Republican that wanted to pass this bill. Our system of law might not be the best, but it is certainly better than the medieval brutality that Sharia law represents.

May 7, 2010 at 11:38 pm
(23) Stephen Gele says:

HB 785 “American and Louisiana Laws for Louisiana Courts” and HB 701 “Free Speech Protection Act” have both passed the Louisiana House of Representatives without one vote in opposition. See video:
http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Video/WM/2010/May_2010/0504_10_Day21_2010RS.asx (time stamp 1:57-2:05)
and Daily Journal
http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Journals/H_Journals_All/2010_RSJournals/10RS-HJ_0504_21.pdf (pages 20-21)
The Louisiana bills can be found at
http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=686438 and http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=687795 . Video of testimony before the Louisiana House Civil Law Committee and the Louisiana Senate Judiciary A Committee can be found at http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Video/WM/2010/April_2010/0426_10_CLP.asx and http://senate.legis.state.la.us/video/2010/April/942710JUDA.asx (time stamp 3:06 – 3:30).
Additional testimony before Louisiana Senate Judiciary A Committee: http://senate.legis.state.la.us/Video... (time stamp 4:20 – 14:30)

July 4, 2010 at 8:51 pm
(24) Dave says:

I challenge you all to read THE GRAND JIHAD by Andrew McCarthy to get a real sense of the challenge we will all face. Don’t mock the book, written by the chief prosecutor of the blind cleric from the 1993 twin tower bombing. It will send chills down your spine. We are blind to the movement that will take Western values down. We should be taking action to ban Sharia law before its spread tears our country and freedoms apart from the inside out. Muslim freedom is not the same as the freedom our Constitution allows as you will find from reading the book.

July 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm
(25) barry says:

check out the international petition to ban sharia law and you’ll see like half the signatures are muslim!
sedition IS a criminal offense.migrants and their sons advocating sharia are no better than the chinese agents who tried to pay off clinton. deport the bastards, born here or not. we have every right to demand loyalty from new citizens towards our system. to migrants who don’t respect our culture, i’ll say we don’t need them, we got plenty of migrants who won’t complain,play the race card or suck off our welfare system.

July 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm
(26) Dr. James says:

Maybe its my ignorance, but it seems such a ban would be a blatant violation of the 1st Amendment. Maybe we can get someone with legal training to opine. I am no fan of Sharia Law, but advocacy of its use and the creation of Sharia courts would seem to have first amendment protections.

August 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm
(27) sensiblemom says:

While we are at shouldn’t we also outlaw, Biblical law- since we don’t really want to stone women who committ adultry!

August 2, 2010 at 11:43 pm
(28) Larsen E Whipsnade says:

Dr.James, the 1st Amendment refers to freedom of speech. Sharia law is not a speech issue, it’s a legal issue. Sharia sets up competing legal and court systems. Where there is a majority of muslims in a neighborhood, Sharia law is in effect, and executions of non-muslims can begin. At this point, the American legal system is no longer in effect and the police are powerless to stop it. This is definitely not a speech issue.

August 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm
(29) andrew wang says:

Tom Tancerdo is brave and hero of USA politician and congress man who against Muslim immigration and Sharia law.

August 14, 2010 at 3:10 am
(30) Megamom says:

sensible mom Biblical Law as you are applying it took place in the old testament. The New Testament is where you will find the passage where Jesus asks anyone who has not sinned to cast the first stone. Jesus was not in support of stoning the poor woman.

October 25, 2010 at 1:36 am
(31) les says:

God bless Tom Tancredo, This is a man I would support for President. Anyone who finds such a bill objectionable is either uninformed or unAmerican. Sheria never comes in the front door, it always creeps in through the back door. Thank God someone is locking the back door.

November 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(32) Marcusantoniusthebestus says:

FIVE SHARIA LAW COURTS OPERATIONAL IN THE UK?????????? ARE YOU GUYS SERIOUS…???? !!!!!!!!

TRY CLOSER TO 100… The figure was 85 a couple of years ago… Sit tight America, the war just hit your doorsteps.. We been screaming to wake you up for decades and all we mere Englishmen and Britons got in return was folk pointing back at us and laughing… “Look at the dumb Brits”… “let their country fall to socialism and Islam”…. No, we did not let it go.. we have been fighting for years, but crushed everytime we spoke out.. called racists, fascists ourselves… It beggars belief…

Now America is awake, maybe together we can all get on with the job in hand.. and eradicate sharia law.. That is the heart of Islam.. FIRE your silver bullets here and drive the stakes in hard and true, itsa going to be messy this one..

February 24, 2011 at 6:21 am
(33) Mumtaz Amin says:

By reading all the above comments, it seems that people are still not aware of the reality of Shariah. It’s not their fault but the result of the hype created by the media.

My only humble request to all is to put a small effort to learn the Shariah Law from authentic sources.

November 16, 2011 at 2:24 am
(34) Sam says:

Unless I’m missing something, it seems as if some people are forgetting a major issue concerning sharia law and the U.S. government: the Constitution comes first, before any religion – be it Islam, Christianity, or any other faith. Our government is also supposed to be officially unaffiliated with any religion. It’s fair to exclude sharia law – you don’t see the Ten Commandments legally recognized as relevant to court rulings.
In order to protect its people, the U.S. Constitution ensures that everyone has the right to practice their own religion without worrying about putting their own lives, liberty, or happiness in jeopardy – it’s the reason most Europeans came here in the first place – but it also protects people’s basic rights as equal beings, which sharia law seems to take away from women. As for stoning, killing for any reason other than court-ordered lethal injection is also ILLEGAL. It doesn’t matter why a person is killed, it only matters that he or she no longer has the right to life, which was granted to him or her no matter what religious crime that person committed.
The Constitution is the law, period.

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