This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, May 27, 2015:
In August 2004 an alert Maryland transportation worker noticed a woman wearing a burka video-taping the supporting structures of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from an automobile. He conducted a traffic stop and discovered that the driver, a Muslim from Chicago, had an outstanding warrant in a case involving fundraising for the terrorist group Hamas.
The FBI obtained a search warrant of his home and found, in a sub-basement below the house’s foundation, more than 80 book boxes filled with archives belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. It not only listed dozens of other radical Muslim groups operating across the country with connections to the group, but their marching orders as well:
The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.
Part of those efforts to destroy involves the insinuation of Sharia law into the judicial processes of American jurisprudence. All dressed up to look reasonable – all they want, after all, is to be treated just like they would be if they still lived in Iraq, Iran, etc. – it’s an effort better described by Frank Gaffney as the injecting of a poison into the legal body politic of America. Gaffney is the indefatigable founder and driver of his Center for Security Policy:
The Center has undertaken several campaigns to expose the threat to American from Shariah. American civil and political society is under systematic, sustained and seditious assault – a “Stealth Jihad” – by adherents to Shariah….
These entities seek to install Shariah law as a parallel legal and political system in the United States, constituting a separate governance system for the Muslim community with respect to family law, civil society, media, and political discourse, finance, and homeland security.
One major campaign is his study “Shariah in American Courts: The Expanding Incursion of Islamic Law in the U.S. Legal System,” which documents 146 cases in 32 states in which at least one party involved asked the court to have their differences resolved using Shariah law instead of state or federal statutes.
Gaffney isn’t alone in the fight to expose the Muslim Brotherhood’s (and their allies’) plans. There’s the American Public Policy Alliance (APPA), which has detailed explicitly how ten American families have had their rights either threatened or abrogated altogether in court rulings that invoked Shariah law.
One of those cases proves the point: Joohi Q. Hosain v. Anwar Malik, decided in two Maryland courts in 1996. Wrote the judge for the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland:
Appellant mother challenged an order of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County … which declined to assume jurisdiction in the matter and granted comity [official recognition of another court’s ruling] to various Pakistani court orders that granted sole unrestricted custody of the child to the appellee father….
The judgment of the Circuit Court declining jurisdiction is affirmed.
There’s also the Barnabas Fund, an international Christian aid society, which has done yeoman’s work in exposing the dark side of Sharia law:
Shariah law tries to describe in detail all possible human acts, dividing them into permitted and prohibited … this vast compendium regulates all matters of devotional life, worship, ritual purity, marriage and inheritance, criminal offenses, commerce, and personal conduct….
[It] teaches that Sharia, as God’s revealed law, perfect and eternal, is binding on individuals, society, and state in all its details….
[Its] mandates [for non-compliance] are extremely harsh [and] they infringe on many modern principles of human rights, religious freedom, and equality before the law….
Discrimination on the basis of religion is fundamental….
[It] discriminates on the basis of gender….
And so, when Texas state senator Donna Campbell, the sponsor of the Texas law passed last Thursday night, was pressed by an opponent who called her bill an “anti-Sharia” bill, she whiffed:
State Senator Kirk Watson: What foreign law are you attempting to prevent being used, and can you give examples of where it has created a problem in the state?
Campbell: No foreign law. [My bill] just provides a context for judicial discretion … that we don’t trump Texas law, American law, with a foreign law regarding family law.
A much more proper answer might have been: “Yes, Senator Watson, it is specifically directed at efforts of the Muslim Brotherhood and its friends to insinuate its anti-freedom Sharia Law into Texas civil courts. Do you have a problem with that?”
FreedomOutpost.com: TEXAS Senate Passes Anti-Sharia Bill
The Center for Security Policy: Shariah in American Courts: The Expanding Incursion of Islamic Law in the U.S. Legal System
Background on Center for Security Policy
Radio State WOAI: “Anti Sharia Law” Measure Passed Texas Senate
Background on Sharia Law (heavily biased article)
Better background on Sharia law
The Center for Security Policy: An Explanatory Memorandum: From the Archives of the Muslim Brotherhood in America
The Center for Security Policy: Muslim Brotherhood in America – its general strategic goal
The American Public Policy Alliance: Ten American Families and Shariah Law
American Public Policy Alliance website
Full text of “Appellate Decision in Maryland Case”