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Islamist Expert: GOP Candidates Must Condemn Shariah Law

By T.M. Golub   |   Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 10:00 AM

Republican candidates for president must speak out against the imposition of Islamic law on American society, writes Robert Spencer in a recent article published on the website Humanevents.com.
With Texas Governor Rick Perry’s entrance into the race, his ties to the Aga Khan — leader of a sect of Shia Muslims called the Ismailis — have even those on the left questioning his commitment to national security, wrote Spencer, an Islamist expert and director of Jihad Watch.
Justin Elliot, a left-wing journalist for “Salon,” considers Perry the “pro-Shariah” candidate while noting that Perry’s friendship with the Aga Khan has spawned “ ‘at least two cooperation agreements between the state of Texas and Ismaili institutions, including a far-reaching program to educate Texas schoolchildren about Islam,’ ” Spencer writes, quoting Elliot.
“The Ismailis are a peaceful sect, but such educational efforts are unlikely to be honest about the Islamic texts and teachings that jihad terrorists use to justify violence and make recruits among peaceful Muslims,” added Spencer.
Herman Cain took an early lead in his opposition to Shariah as the only presidential hopeful cognizant of the danger Islamic law poses to American sovereignty, Spencer says.
Shariah is “a comprehensive political system that denies the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience and the equality of rights of all people before the law," writes Spencer. "Islamic law has now been a determining factor in court cases in 23 states, so this is no trivial matter, and Cain seemed determined to resist its advance in the United States.”
Despite this earlier sentiment, Cain tempered his opposition after meeting with the “Muslim Brotherhood-linked” All Dulles Area Muslim Center, Spencer says.
Cain issued a statement stating he was “ ‘humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends [and] truly sorry for any comments that may have betrayed my commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it,’ ” noted Spencer of Cain’s comments.
In addition to the above candidates, Spencer criticizes former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul for their stances on Islam.
“If any of these woefully inadequate candidates gets the Republican nomination and defeats Barack Obama‚Äč, the only certainty for the subsequent four years will be more jihad, aided and abetted by shortsighted U.S. policies,” writes Spencer.

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