Sharia in US courts is far from far-fetched....
Did Eric Holder--to say nothing of President Obama--really think KSM & Co. would play by our legal rules? Their audience is not Americans, who will be disgusted by courtroom antics committed by unapologetic mass murderers. Rather they seek to excite their base--literally, as al-Qaeda translates into English as "the base"--and thus to spread jihad. Does anyone among Team Obama think impressionable young Muslims in Arab lands, or Asian or African, for that matter, will take their instruction of American justice from Alan Dershowitz? They will, of course, take their cue from the likes of al-Jazeera. And thus where we see a travesty perpetrated by the defendants, millions of Muslims will see a farce perpetrated by American justice.
As for Christie, Andy MacCarthy (link above) offers money paragraphs on a disturbing case:
Christie was just getting warmed up. He exploded when a reporter followed up with a question about sharia, the law of Islam. “Sharia law has nothing to do with this at all, it’s crazy!” he snapped, adding that this “Sharia-law business is just crap . . . and I’m tried of dealing with the crazies.”
Maybe Governor Christie ought to ask S.D. if sharia law concerns are “just crap.” We know “S.D.” only by her initials to protect her from further indignity. She is a Muslim woman from Morocco who was serially raped and beaten in New Jersey by the Muslim man to whom she was wed as a teenager — one of those arranged marriages common in Islamic cultures. A New Jersey judge declined to give her a protective order, though. Under sharia, a man cannot rape his wife: “A woman cannot carry out the right of her Lord til she carries out the right of her husband,” declares one relevant hadith (Ibn Majah 1854). “If he asks her to surrender herself she should not refuse him even if she is on a camel’s saddle.” Or, as S.D.’s husband translated this sharia tenet as he forced himself on her, “This is according to our religion. You are my wife, I [can] do anything to you. The woman, she should submit and do anything I ask her to do.”
Based on this, the judge (who, thankfully, was later reversed) reasoned that the husband couldn’t be criminally culpable. According to the New Jersey court, “He was operating under his belief that it is, as the husband, his desire to have sex when and whether he wanted to . . . consistent with his practices, and it was something that was not prohibited.”
Thankfully the judge's incredible decision was reversed. But expect sharia advocates to keep trying. And Christie--like, alas, George W. Bush--is helping, McCarthy notes, by partnering with radical activists at the expense of the moderate majority:
Nice idea on the drawing board, utterly wrongheaded in practice. You see, the problem is Muslim leaders. Rank-and-file Muslims in the U.S. tend to be pro-American and supportive of counterterrorism efforts, albeit quietly so. That’s because they are intimidated by the leadership in the mosques and Islamic centers, which tends to be heavily influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood, and thus anti-Western, anti-Israeli, anti-Semitic, anti-assimilationist, and wedded to the fundamentalist, classical interpretation of sharia.
That’s why, as Governor Christie ought to understand, sharia concerns can’t be dismissed as “crap.” They help us sort out the pro-American Muslims we want to empower from the Islamists. When we dismiss these concerns, we end up building bridges to all the wrong people, as government has done, to its repeated embarrassment, for two decades. That is how we end up “partnering” with the likes of Abdurrahman Alamoudi and Sami al-Arian (both ultimately convicted, with their ties to terrorism duly exposed); Salam al-Marayati, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee leader who argued that Israel should be at the top of the 9/11 suspect list; and such Islamist organizations as CAIR and the Islamic Society of North America, which, though not indicted, were shown by the Justice Department to be co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism-financing case.
What Muslim Islamists seek is to create confessional communities, where sharia law rules in Muslim enclaves. This already exists in many European cities, including London, Paris and other major, non-capital cities like Marseilles.
Bottom Line. OK, to date sharia has gained little traction here. And it will never become a majority system. Confessional communities, however, would further Balkanize a highly fractious polity. Americans do not need this.
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