Shariah Is a Rejection of Western Freedoms

Thursday, 16 Jun 2011 12:22 PM

By David Yerushalmi

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Recent opinion pieces nationwide have naïvely downplayed the threat of Shariah, Islamic law, in America.

A USA Today Op-Ed called the idea that it is infiltrating U.S. courts a “myth”; a Mother Jones piece on legislation aimed at banning the use of Shariah in state courts called the sponsors of such bills “kind of clueless”; and a Murfreesboro Daily News Journal editorial termed worry over creeping Shariah “McCarthyism.”

Unfortunately for the writers of such pieces, the truth about Shariah is far more frightening than their version of reality.

A 2009 World Public Opinion survey found the majority of people in so-called “moderate” Muslim countries want to see a total rejection of Western values, an al-Qaida-like form of Shariah imposed, and a caliphate replace national sovereignty.

Following this survey, in 2010 Pew conducted its own poll among “moderate” Muslim countries and found that most people favored Shariah’s criminal punishments, including death for those who wish to exercise freedom of worship by leaving Islam (i.e., apostasy).

Ironically, writers who opine on the innocuousness of Shariah and liken bills aimed at banning it to witch hunts and the Red Scare have the privilege of exercising their First Amendment right. In a world dominated by Shariah, were they to critique the status quo, they’d simply be dead.

David Yerushalmi is general counsel for the Center for Security Policy.

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