A Council on American-Islamic Relations leader told a crowd at a rally for Islam that members of the faith should not be bound by American law.
“If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land,” said Mustafa Carroll, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth CAIR branch.
The rally in Austin was part of a nationwide effort to hold “Muslim Capitol Day” events.
According to the event website, Muslims from around Texas went to the capitol to “promote civic and political activism throughout the wider Muslim community.”
The organizers said one major issue discussed “was the recent House and Senate bill proposals involving the implementation of ‘anti-Shariah’ legislation, where the First Amendment rights and freedoms of Muslims would ultimately be hindered.”
Critics argue Shariah prohibits other faiths from free exercise of religion when enforced, giving freedom only to Muslims.
Carroll’s statement was similar to a statement allegedly made by CAIR co-founder and former chairman Omar M. Ahmad. He was paraphrased by a reporter saying, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant” and the Quran “should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
Carroll began joking about the widespread concern about Shariah, the religious code that governs Muslim civil and political life.
“We tried to downplay Shariah, because we didn’t want to give the other side any excitement for being here,” he said.
He dismissed critics who express concern about Shariah, calling them “anti-foreign.”
“When you even say the word Shariah, people get nervous. We are not advocating for Shariah. We are not trying to make Shariah the law of the land,” he said.
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“Now comes news of a secretive State Department campaign, discovered in the course of a Judicial Watch investigation, to add Muslims to its roster. Presumably, the new recruits will be deployed around the globe to help the agency fulfill its mission of promoting the country’s international relations. The campaign seems to be headed by Mark Ward, the Deputy Special Coordinator in the State Department’s Office of Middle East Transition.
Ward held a 90-minute seminar at a recent convention sponsored by two groups—Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)—with known ties to radical Islam. Both nonprofits are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is known as the parent organization of Hamas and al Qaeda. In fact, the Investigative Project on Terrorism reports that MAS was founded as the U.S. chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood which strives to indoctrinate the world with Islamic Sharia law.”
Egypt’s Constituent Assembly decided on Thursday to keep “principles of sharia” or Islamic law as the main source of legislation, leaving the article’s language unchanged from the previous constitution.
The issue was the subject of a long dispute between hardline Salafi Islamists and liberals in the assembly which will vote on each of 234 articles in the draft constitution before it is sent to President Mohamed Mursi for approval. After that, Mursi must put it to a popular referendum.
The body writing Egypt’s new constitution began a session to vote on a final draft on Thursday, a move President Mohamed Mursi’s allies in the Muslim Brotherhood hope will help end a crisis prompted by a decree expanding his powers.
The constitutional panel is voting on the constitution article by article.
Mursi is expected to call for national unity in a public address at 7.00 p.m. (1700 GMT) to ease the crisis, which has set off a week of protests and threatens to derail early signs of economic recovery from two years of turmoil.
In an interview with Time, Mursi said the majority supported his decree. But he added: “If we had a constitution, then all of what I have said or done last week will stop.”
Two people have been killed and hundreds injured in countrywide protests ignited by the decree Mursi issued last Thursday.
Nearly half of 600 Muslim-American citizens polled who plan to vote in the 2012 presidential election believe parodies of Muhammad should be prosecuted criminally in the U.S., and one in eight say the offense is so serious violators should face the death penalty.
The results came in a groundbreaking scientific poll for WND by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies. It was taken Oct. 22-26 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.98 percentage points.
The poll also found 40 percent of Muslims in America believe they should not be judged by U.S. law and the Constitution, but by Shariah standards.
And the big winner among Muslim-Americans in the presidential election is Barack Obama, the poll found. More than 72 percent said they are definitely supporting Obama, and another 8.5 percent are leaning that direction. Only 11 percent are for Romney.
Nearly 55 percent of the American Muslim voters say the U.S. is on the right track, and another 13 percent are uncertain. Virtually all of the respondents (98 percent) are American citizens and 97 percent are registered to vote.
“Almost half of those Muslims surveyed – an astonishing 46 percent – said they believe those Americans who offer criticism or parodies of Islam should face criminal charges,” said pollster Fritz Wenzel in an analysis of the survey’s results.
“Even more shocking: One in eight respondents said they think those Americans who criticize or parody Islam should face the death penalty, while another nine percent said they were unsure on the question,” he said.
Wenzel said even the 9 percent “undecided” on that particular question is alarming.
“Seldom in survey research does a response of ‘not sure’ carry such significance, but the response to this question certainly is a surprise, given the severity of the question, and offers insight into the conflict that some Muslims appear to face in making the ideals under-girding American society fit into their religious lifestyle,” he said.
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The Obama adminstration doesn’t think dying is enough. If you survive the jihadis, the green-on-blue attacks, the mandatory Ramadan dinners, perhaps you’ll face Obama’s military tribunals. Here, US soldiers face disciplinary action for sending boxes of Qurans and other religious books to a base landfill for incineration after discovering that Afghan detainees were using the books to relay messages and share “extremist writing.”
WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is expected to discipline nine service members on Monday in connection with two incidents that sparked widespread outrage in Afghanistan, including the burning of copies of the Quran at one of the country’s largest military bases.
The punishment, which doesn’t include criminal charges or jail time, falls far short of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s calls for a public trial, and it remains unclear how Afghan officials and the broader public will respond to decisions that could be viewed as relatively lenient.
In addition to the incident of the burning of copies of the Quran, service members will face discipline in connection with a video of four Marines urinating on dead militants.
A military investigation of the Quran burning found that six U.S. soldiers at Bagram Airfield were “derelict in their duties” when they sent boxes of Qurans and other religious books to a base landfill for incineration in late February, according to two U.S. military officials.
While the military concluded that there was no ill-intent on the part of the American soldiers, the investigation also determined that they didn’t follow proper procedure when they ordered the destruction of the prison library books, officials said.
“It was a series of mistakes,” one military official said on Sunday.
The investigation also found that a lack of trust between U.S. and Afghans at the base fed into the errors.
The incident sparked days of nationwide riots that left more than three-dozen people, including two U.S. soldiers, dead.
Afghan officials said the burning of the Qurans—Islam’s holiest book— showed the
Muslims view the Quran as the sacred word of God as relayed to the Prophet Muhammad, and burning the books en masse at a military incinerator was seen as an especially disrespectful affront.
President Barack Obama apologized for the incident and Mr. Karzai called for the American soldiers to be put on public trial in his country.
At the time, military officials said the books were sent for destruction after they determined that Afghan detainees were using them to relay messages and share extremist writing. Afghan leaders briefed on the initial investigation challenged that claim and said the books recovered from the landfill contained innocuous signatures from the detainees, not inflammatory notes.
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Following the brutal beating and arrest of an 11-year-old girl with Down’s Syndrome for blasphemy under the sharia, a 12-year-old Christian boy was tortured and burned for blasphemy as well. The global firestorm (finally) has begun over the monstrous application of sharia law. The boy’s lips, nose and belly were cut off and he could hardly be recognised, as his body was badly burnt, relatives said. The 11 year old mentally challenged girl who is still under arrest for blasphemy:
“She was assaulted and in very bad shape. She had bruises on her face and on her hands,” he added, referring to an attack by a mob in her village on the edge of Islamabad after she was accused of blasphemy..
Quite possibly in some clinical state of shock.
Muslim Brotherhood groups like Hamas-CAIR have responded to the world outcry to the brutal sharia and condemned the spine-chilling beating and murder. It is time for Muslim groups to condemn the sharia that sanctions and calls for the death penalty for “blasphemy” (offending Islam). Instead, Hamas groups like CAIR say this has nothing to do with the sharia. Diabolically clever. This is taqiyya — complete deception. It is in complete accordance with the sharia.
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In a case spotlighted as an example of “creeping Shariah” in the United States, attorneys for a Tulsa, Okla., police officer have asked for a summary judgment because a police official inside the department testified the officer was punished for exercising his rights.
The statement was included in a motion for summary judgment in the case brought by Capt. Paul Campbell Fields against the city of Tulsa, Chief Charles Jordan and Deputy Chief Alvin Webster.
Fields sued when he was punished with a two-week unpaid suspension and a demotion for refusing department orders to attend an event at an Islamic mosque in which officers observed Islamic worship services, heard an explanation of Islamic beliefs and were proselytized.
As a Christian, Fields believed the order violated his rights to freely exercise his own faith, but the department determined he was refusing a lawful order and punished him.
A hearing is set for later this year in the case, but lawyers with the American Freedom Law Center and the Thomas More Law Center, who launched the case, have filed for the judgment.
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In refusing to rule out a future law that would criminalize criticism of religion as racist hate speech, the Department of Justice has left the door open to the prospect of Shariah-style law in the United States that would forbid criticism of Islam.
During a House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz) questioned Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez on whether the Justice Department would ever consider banning free speech critical of religion.
“Will you tell us here today simply that this Administration’s Department of Justice will never entertain or advance a proposal that criminalizes speech against any religion?” asked Franks.
Perez replied by asking for context before Franks repeated the question, adding, “That’s not a hard question.”
Perez then tried to add the context of “when you make threats against someone,” but Franks stuck to his original question and repeated it for a third time.
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