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Opinion | The Emerging Conflict: U.S. Constitution vs. Sharia Law

Illegal immigration, thousands storming our southern border and President Trump pressing congress for border wall funding is grabbing the daily headlines. Americans have been on high alert since September 11, 2001, when commercial jets became weapons of mass destruction with Islamic terrorist in the cockpit killing approximately 3000 plus innocent people in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Most Americans want to know who enters our country, why are you coming into our country and we are always sleeping with one eye open.

Motivations of those coming to America today could be summed up in three categories. First, those seeking the American Dream; coming to America to be educated, start a business or find a good paying career where they can reach their maximum potential in life. I think the sentiment among the vast majority of Americans is we wholeheartedly embrace legal immigrants with these goals. Secondly, we have some entering our country because they have learned a way to get on our entitlement rolls and enjoy their life living off of the backs of hard working American taxpayers receiving a free public education for their children, a government monthly check and free healthcare. Legal or illegal entry to the country, this segment is embraced politically as a protected new voting block for Democrats. Thirdly, there are those who seek to illegally come to America; wreak havoc, do harm, destroy and kill U.S. Citizens. The millenniums old deep hatred for the westerners dates back to the Old Testament.

When Abram was ninety years old, God declared his new name Abraham (a father of many nations) and he promised him and his wife Sarah to be blessed with a son. After ten years, Sarah became impatient waiting on God and asked her personal Egyptian handmaid servant, Hagar to lay with Abraham in hopes of a child. Hagar did have a son and his name was Ishmael. As promised, Sarah did have a late in life son and was named Isaac. Tension arose between the two women and like a honey bee hive; there is no room for two queen bees. Sarah demanded that Abraham send Hagar and her illegitimate son Ishmael out of the camp. Ishmael was the beginning of the modern day Palestine. Here in lies the thousands of years old jealousy and hatred of Ishmael against Isaac. Both of these sons have the same father, Abraham and both claim Jerusalem. This has been a controversy even as late when the U.S. Embassy to Israel was placed by Trump in Jerusalem. Jews, Greeks, Gentiles and Christians are from the linage of Isaac; utterly and passionately hated to this day by Ishmael (Radical Islam).

In previous writings I discussed with you the moral code for the English Common Law was the Ten Commandments; and the genesis for the U.S. Constitution and western civilized law was the English Common Law. On the other hand in Muslim countries, the moral code for their foundation of law is the Quran; one might see where this story is going and the conflicts that lie ahead; stay with me.

One of the hallmarks of freedom embedded in the U.S. Constitution is the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The “establishment clause” precludes congress and the U.S. Federal government from ever establishing a national sanctioned religion. The spirit and intent behind this clause is American citizens are free to worship or not worship, join the church of their choice or not attend church or free to be associated with any religion. True freedom to worship as you wish or not worship is at the heart of this clause. The reciprocal of this is that government shall not impose any undue burden on an American citizen that causes one to compromise their religious beliefs or religious freedoms.

The emerging conflict already affecting communities across the country is the practice of Sharia law, which is embedded into the Islamic faith. The conflict arises as an immigrant being granted U.S. Citizenship and takes the naturalization oath, which states: “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America.” Taking this naturalization oath and Sharia law is at the outset a conflict. Multiple media accounts authenticate when some Muslims are pressed, they will say the Sharia Law supersedes the U.S. Constitution.

Let’s look at the core of Sharia Law.

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In Arabic, “Islam” means submission and “Sharia” literally means “path” or the path to salvation. Sharia, a set of guiding moral principles derived from the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed is inseparable from the practice of Islam. There are many tenants of Sharia law but here are a few to ponder:

• Muslims should engage in Taqiyya (Lying to advance Islam). Lying to non-Muslims is encouraged by Muhammad
• Men are allowed to practice polygamy and to be married to four wives at the same time; women can only be married to one man
• Muhammad instructs female genital mutilation; girls clitoris is cut out so they cannot ever enjoy sex
• A man can beat his wife for insubordination
• A Muslim who becomes a non-Muslim is punishable by death
• Muslim men have sexual rights to any girl or woman not wearing the hijab (Head Covering)
• A woman or girl that has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapist.
• Testimonies of 4 male witnesses are required to prove rape of a female
• A woman’s testimony in court, allowed in property cases, carries ½ the weight of a man’s.
• A man can unilaterally divorce his wife; a wife needs her husband’s consent to divorce.
• A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is 9 years old.
• Criticizing Muhammad, Allah or any part of the Quran is punishable by death.
• Homosexuality is punishable up to death

Goals of the Muslim Brotherhood include developing a 100 year plan to advance Islamic theology and Sharia law worldwide, support a Jihadist mindset, inflame violence, destroying “The Great Satan” (United States), pass pro-Islamic legislation and use deception to mask the goals of Islam and Sharia law.

In conclusion, if you come to America in the aforementioned Category One, we welcome you with open arms. Welcome to America. If a man is knocking on your front door with a loaded weapon wanting to come in and kill you and your family; do you let him in? If someone has a tendency to embrace Sharia law over the U.S. Constitution, should they be allowed to run for or hold public office, build a Mosque or abuse, rape and mistreat girls and women?

Many of these issues are assured to make their way into the Federal Judiciary under the façade of “protecting religious liberties.” The ultimate decision will be the U.S. Constitution versus Sharia Law. This is another reason we need strict constructionist and constitutional originalist on the bench and not those given to apply International law.

God Bless and Protect America.


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John W. Giles is former President of the Christian Coalition of Alabama. He served as Small Business Advocate for the State of Alabama during Governor Guy Hunt's Administration. He was also a member of Governor Fob James Cabinet.

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