Two Republican Presidential candidates have embraced sharia Islam. Their names are Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty.
At the recent Republican Presidential debate held in New Hampshire on June 13, 2011 the issue of shariah law came up. CNN.com reports Candidate Herman Cain said:
“I don’t believe in Sharia law in American courts, I believe in American laws in American courts, period. There have been instances in New Jersey, there was an instance in Oklahoma , where Muslims did try to influence court decisions with Sharia law, I was simply saying, very emphatically, American laws in American courts.”
A recent study by the Center for Security Policy backs up the comments made by Mr. Cain and found shariah law was used in recent court cases in 23 states.
So how did the other candidates respond to this fact?
According to CNN.com:
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who spoke next, appeared to brush aside Cain’s concerns about Sharia and his suspicions of American Muslims. “Of course, we're not going to have Sharia law applied in U.S. courts. That's never going to happen,” Romney said. "We have a Constitution and we follow the law.” Romney then appeared to defend American Muslims, even if he didn’t mention them specifically.
This is interesting because Politico reports that in November 2007 Mitt Romney said:
As [Mansoor] Ijaz recounted the exchange in an opinion piece in Tuesday’s Christian Science Monitor, “I asked Mr. Romney whether he would consider including qualified Americans of the Islamic faith in his Cabinet as advisers on national security matters, given his position that ‘jihadism’ is the principal foreign policy threat facing America today. “He answered, ‘ ... based on the numbers of American Muslims [as a percentage] in our population, I cannot see that a Cabinet position would be justified. But of course, I would imagine that Muslims could serve at lower levels of my administration,’” Ijaz wrote.
So what has changed?
I just recieved a video from Dick Morris. In this video commentary, Mr. Morris talks about Tim Pawlenty & Shariah Law. Mr. Morris criticized Pawlenty for a Shariah compliant housing loan program in Minnesota. Former Governor Pawlenty accused Mr. Morris as being "reckless" "offensive" and "absolutely crazy".
Please watch Mr. Morris's rebuttal.
As Newt Gingrich said at the debate:
“I'm in favor of saying to people, 'If you're not prepared to be loyal to the United States, you will not serve in my administration, period. ' We did this in dealing with the Nazis and we did this in dealing with the communists, and it was controversial both times, and both times we discovered after a while, there are some genuinely bad people who would like to infiltrate our country. And we have got to have the guts to stand up and say no.”
The use of shariah law in American courts is a valid issue that must be debated during the Republican primary race and in the general election. Islamists will do everything they can to demonize those who speak out by calling them Islamaphobes. This is the same tactic that Communists use today calling those who speak out MaCarthyites.
To silence debate on shariah Islam is to surrender to those who have demonstrated the clear intent, will and capacity to destroy America.