Saturday 20 Sep 2014

Shariah Law: A Threat to the U.S. Constitution

It reinforces the warnings about Shariah that Michael del Rosso presented at the Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg on Sept. 11, 2011, and which the Forum subsequently aired in a two-part TV series entitled "Shariah: The Islamic Threat to America".

Shariah Law: A Threat to the U.S. Constitution

One need look no further than Saudi Arabia's well-documented, appalling record of human right abuses and their oppression of women, to see that Sharia Law directly opposes the principles and ideals stated in the United States Constitution: Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness. 

Sharia Law strips the people of the right to elect their own leaders, installing a select group of religious leaders who reign supreme over all. This select ruling group appoints, establishes, and controls the network of judges; makes all laws; defines harsh punishments for every infraction; and enforces its will through the use of "religious police". 

Specifically, Sharia Law in any capacity violates the First Amendment to the Constitution: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...". Moreover, it violently stifles any opposition, whether that be in speech, in the press, or public demonstration. Under Sharia Law, there is no such thing as petitioning the government for "redress of grievances"(First Amendment to the Constitution). To do so would be suicide.

Sharia Law also tramples the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees our citizens protection against unreasonable search and seizures. Arab nations, subject to Sharia Law, are infamous for arbitrarily seizing and arresting their citizens. Citizens are arrested and literally never seen or heard from again.

Sharia Law establishes and perpetrates a culture of fear, suspicion, distrust, and spying on one's neighbors. It is reminiscent of mainstream German citizens toward Jewish citizens and sympathizers in Nazi Germany. Citizens are regularly subject to mob justice (stoned to death, flogged, attacked and beaten -- often to death), in the name of upholding Shariah Law. They have no Fifth Amendment guaranteeing the citizens will not be "deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law..."

As for our Sixth Amendment rights, the term "Kangaroo Court" aptly describes the murky and secretive court proceedings. Common practice dictates that families are kept in the dark about their loved one's fate until the public punishment is announced, just prior to its being meted out. There are no such words as "fair", "speedy", "public", and "impartial" where Sharia Law is concerned. The accused is not entitled to confront witnesses, to present witnesses in his defense, or to obtain impartial council. Defense lawyers (and their family members) are often killed in the course of trying to defend their clients against Sharia Law.

Sharia Law totally eclipses the Eighth Amendment right to freedom from cruel and usual punishment. Its human rights abuses are well-documented throughout the Middle East and, more recently, in the United States with increasing so-called Honor Killings. Public stonings, whippings, and hangings are the norm, as are acid attacks on women and young girls who are thought to have defied the law.

Finally, Sharia Law completely negates the rights of the states, much less the people, to establish laws and govern themselves (Tenth Amendment). The power in Sharia Law is centralized in a handful of select group of religious leaders. There is no government "of the people, by the people, for the people". There is no Life, Liberty, or The Pursuit of Justice in Sharia Law ... just oppression, death, and destruction. It is a living death sentence.

Katreena Crookshank

Thomas Jefferson

“God who gave us life, gave us liberty.  And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God.”    

Thomas Jefferson, Third President

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