Report Aiming to Prove ‘Creeping Shariah’ Theory Proves the Opposite
The groups promoting the shariah scare depend on audiences who are credulous so there is a lot of crossover between these guys and Glenn Beck viewers. What many in the US do not realize however is how many of the groups are ultimately foreign. The Greek Chorus is dependent on funds and ideological support from pan hellenic, pan serbian, Euro far right groups, and their spew is mostly imported. The bigots are hard core Kahanists, Armenian melkite zealots, Serbian genocide apologists and deniers and all stripes of European far right groups — they are ultimately more interested in blocking Turkey’s entry into the European Union and mosques in European cities than they are about Shariah in the US.
One of the latest entries into this charade is a study released last month by Frank Gaffney’s doggedly anti-Muslim think tank, the Center for Security Policy, that purports to demonstrate “the extent to which Shariah law had in fact entered U.S. state courts.”
The key word in that phrase appears to be “entered” – cleverly implying a cause for alarm that doesn’t exist. The 633-page report, entitled “Shariah Law and American State Courts,” is little more than a collection of 50 cases in which Shariah law – the Islamic code of law and moral conduct – or the law of a Muslim nation played some role, regardless of the outcome. In almost all the cases, the courts followed long-standing principles of U.S. law. In a very small number of cases, erroneous rulings by trial judges were properly overturned on appeal. If anything, the report is a vigorous affirmation that the U.S. legal system is working quite well and as designed.
That’s not what the anti-Muslim Greek Chorus wants you to believe, however.