A lot of fear has been generated by conservatives about the imposition of Sharia Law in the United States. I lived in a state that actually passed a law against it.
For those unfamiliar with it, Sharia Law is the legal system based on the Koran. It features such things as cutting off the hands of thieves, stoning the undesirables, and allowing parents to have their daughters put to death for improper behavior.
Initially the distaste for Sharia Law would seem to be a positive thing as it attempts to over rule the American legal system based on our civil Constitution, if that were actually the case. Therefore, opposing Sharia Law would be something that most Americans would favor.
However, if you look carefully at laws proposed and passed by the Republican run House in D.C., and if you look closely at a lot of the present election rhetoric, the purity of the opposition to Sharia Law begins to pale. Instead, it appears that the opposition to it is based solely on its being from the “wrong” religion, and is in competition with having our laws supplanted by those based on the Bible.
It is not the imposition of religiously based laws the politicians oppose, it is the source religion and the competition with it they oppose.
One just has to look at some of the planks of the Republican Platform that will be presented at their convention to see that what they really want is to ignore the accepting nature of our Constitution and the rights first emphasized in the Declaration of Independence, and, instead, impose their own religious laws on all Americans regardless of their religion or lack thereof.
Here are some examples:
NO ABORTION IN CASES OF RAPE OR INCEST. The proposal for a “human life amendment” passed without a hitch — and without any exceptions for rape or incest. The committee didn’t stop there; they also adopted language that would ban drugs that end pregnancy after conception, which could potentially include Plan B, the “morning after pill.”
SALUTE TO MANDATORY ULTRASOUNDS. The GOP officially praises states’ “informed consent” laws that force women to undergo unnecessary procedures, require waiting periods and endure other measures meant to discourage them from getting an abortion. One such law receiving a “salute” was crafted by committee head McDonnell, who passed a notorious mandatory ultrasound requirement after he signed an unsuccessful bill to require an even more invasive transvaginal probe ultrasound during an abortion consultation.
NO LEGAL RECOGNITION OF SAME-SEX COUPLES. The committee embraced extreme anti-gay language, even rejecting a proposal to endorse civil unions for gay couples after vehement objections from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and Romney adviser Jim Bopp, who called it a “counterfeit marriage.” The rejection of civil unions, along with the refusal to include a line affirming the legal equality of same-sex couples prompted the organization GOProud to declare, “Those who have engaged in this public platform fight have provided distraction from important issues and damaged Mitt Romney’s campaign.”
REPLICATE ARIZONA-STYLE IMMIGRATION LAWS. Kris Kobach, who wrote the now mostly invalidated immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama, pushed for language calling for a border fence, a national E-Verify system to make it harder for undocumented workers to find employment, the end of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants and an end to sanctuary cities. The committee overwhelmingly approved the proposals, as well as a line chastising the Department of Justice to halt the lawsuits against draconian immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina and Utah: “State efforts to reduce illegal immigration must be encouraged, not attacked.”
AUDIT THE FED. The pet project of Sen. Ron Paul (R-TX) to audit the Federal Reserve has now been embraced as an official Republican goal. For the first time, the platform calls for an annual audit of the Federal Reserve.
NO WOMEN IN COMBAT. The platform condemns “social experimentation” in the military, which covers everything from the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to allowing officers to wear their uniforms in gay pride events to letting women serve on the front lines.
NO STATEHOOD, MORE GUNS FOR WASHINGTON DC. FRC’s Perkins, who recently blamed President Obama and the Southern Poverty Law Center for the shooting at FRC’s Washington headquarters, requested and received a section specifically urging the DC Council to expand gun rights. The same section also opposes DC statehood, which would allow the District to govern itself and put an end to Congressional attempts to impose abortion bans on DC.
NO NEW TAXES, EXCEPT FOR WAR. The platform calls for a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority to approve any tax increase, “with exceptions for only war and national emergencies.” It would also deliberately hobble future Congresses through a cap limiting all government spending to historical average percentage of GDP — “so that future Congresses cannot balance the budget by raising taxes.”
It seems there is a Biblical contradiction as there is more support for guns and war, than human dignity. And for a party that says it supports smaller government, they certainly lean toward getting the government more into people's private lives.
So forget the Constitution, the aim is to impose religious law on all of us. However, rather than its being Sharia Law based on the Koran, they want religious laws based on their interpretation of Christianity, a very selective and distorted version at that.
If I remember correctly, when they take their oath of office, those we elect swear to uphold the Constitution not the Bible.