Dec 6 2014
Of course, most of the ignorant ones are also leftists like Rabbi Robin Nafshi from New Hampshire, who also happens to be a lesbian which makes her opposition to anti-sharia legislation even more hard to understand.
The misguided push to ban Sharia Law
By RABBI ROBIN NAFSHI
Concord Monitor On Sept. 20, the delegates of the New Hampshire Republican Party adopted a Platform of Republican Principles. It contains 83 bulleted goals. Number 83 reads as follows: “Take any and all actions possible to protect against the implementation of any part of Sharia law in New Hampshire, including legislation outlawing Sharia law.”
Sharia means “the way” in Arabic, and Sharia law guides all aspects of Muslim life, including daily routines, familial and religious obligations, and financial dealings. It is derived primarily from the Quran and the Sunna – the sayings, practices and teachings of the Prophet Mohammed.(Not to mention the beheadings, limb amputations, stonings, and other punishments practiced today under sharia law)
Sharia law for Muslims is quite similar to Halakhah for Jews. (Oh, really?) Halakhah means “the way” in Hebrew and it guides all aspect of Jewish life, including daily routines, familial and religious obligations, and financial dealings. It is derived primarily from the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud – the sayings, practices, and teachings of the early Jewish Rabbis.
Why has the Republican Party singled out Sharia law? Why doesn’t it seek to protect against the implementation in New Hampshire of any part of Halakhah, or for that matter, Roman Catholic Canon Law? (Isn’t it obvious why not?)
Because the New Hampshire Republican Party and other states that have sought similar bans are playing off of what they believe to be a growing fear in this country. We live in a difficult time, historically. Extremist Muslims – a very small percentage of the overall Muslim population (even just 1% = 15 million extremist Muslims) – have hijacked a peaceful religion and perverted it into something narrowly construed and intolerant of the West, Jews, Israel, democracy, women’s education and more. (Not hijacked, they are following the teachings of the quran which advocate killing of all the unbelievers, especially Jews)
The politicians who endorse anti-Sharia laws are exploiting Americans’ legitimate fears of ISIS, al Qaida, Hamas and other extremist groups in order to ostracize and discriminate against the American Muslim community. (No, it’s the fear of Islam. Period)
Oklahoma introduced a modified version of anti-sharia legislation. It passed, and Oklahoma joined Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, South Dakota and Tennessee in enacting laws that prohibit courts to consider foreign law (but actually it means sharia law).
While these examples apply to a “foreign law” ban, we must remember that the Republican Party Platform position would ban only Sharia law. Two Muslims might use the principles of Sharia law to guide a financial contract just the same way the New Hampshire and Canadian businesses might use Canadian law to guide them. In the event of a dispute, however, a court might refuse to recognize the agreement between the two Muslims if the anti-Sharia provision becomes law, while the agreement between the New Hampshire and the Canadian businesses would remain in tact.
Too many people in our world – including, apparently, members of the New Hampshire Republican Party – believe that Sharia law is violent and contrary to our way of life. (Gee, imagine that!)
There is only one reason for the inclusion of the anti-Sharia law in the Republican Party platform: hostility to Muslims. Muslims who live in America have a deep commitment to American law and the Constitution’s promise of religious freedom. (CRAP) Anti-Sharia proposals serve only to tell Muslims that they are less a part of the American family and less entitled to the protections of the First Amendment than their non-Muslim counterparts. (They are because they don’t want to be part of the American family, they are Muslims first and foremost who happen to live in America, unfortunately)
As a Jew, I know that my people have been persecuted for thousands of years (by Muslims), and that nations throughout history have passed laws to make it more difficult for Jews to practice our faith (Like most Muslim countries). I will not stand by and watch that happen to another minority religion.
The New Hampshire Republican Party platform position is nothing more, in the words of Abraham Foxman, the director of the Anti-Defamation League, than “camouflaged bigotry.” (Wait til they try to stone you to death for being a dyke)