Banning Sharia Law in Oklahoma

Rex Duncan, Constitutionally Unaware Islamophobe

Well, you knew it had to be coming given all the Islamphobia flying around the right-end of the political spectrum: a state considering a constitutional amendment banning Sharia Law.

Yes, Sharia Law. Bush and his cronies spent eight years violating the Constitution, running the country into the ground, violating the First Amendment, systematically plundering this country and its tax-payers to line their pockets, and these people are worried about Sharia Law.

Because, as we all know, the imminent threat of Sharia Law transcends every other threat to the United States. No doubt the same people who oppose Sharia Law so vehemently would be more than happy to welcome Mosaic Law, which is, ironically and hypocritically enough, nearly identical to Sharia Law. Both, folks, are essentially Bronze Age law codes. Don’t let anyone kid you, and neither have any place in a modern liberal democracy.

Oklahoma – not Texas this time – is the place. Yes, they’re hosting a referendum on Islam – State Question 755 the “Save Our State” amendment. If it is passed, state courts will be prohibited from considering Islamic Sharia law in making rulings. That’s fine with me; they shouldn’t be considering Mosaic Law either since our government is secular.

The bill’s sponsor is Representative Rex Duncan (R-Sand Springs) who claims the legislation is intended to “protect” the courts from being “hijacked” by people we are “at war” with. Because, Rex, we are at war with Islam, right? Wrong. We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with a sect within Islam that is itself at war with Islam. Islam is not the enemy, Rex. You are.

Here’s what Rex says:

Oklahoman’s recognize that America was founded on Judeo Christian principles and we’re unapologetically grateful that God has blessed America and blessed our state. State amendment 755, the Save Our State Amendment is a simple effort to insure our courts are not used to undermine those founding principles and turn Oklahoma into something our founding fathers and our great grandparents wouldn’t recognize.

No, Rex, America was not founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and the whole “Judeo-Christian” concept is a mirage, an artificial construct. There is no such thing. American law is based on English common-law, which while it is impacted by Pagan Roman Law is in no way based on the Ten Commandments. Nor, Rex, if you will take the time to look, will you find mention of YHWH, Jesus, the Bible, or the Ten Commandments in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.

Epic fail, Rex. Truly epic fail.

And of course this is all despite the complete absence of evidence that any court weighs Sharia Law in its rulings, and even Rex admits as much but excuses himself by saying,

This is a pre-emptive strike to make sure that liberal judges don’t take the bench in an effort to use their position to undermine those founding principles that are international or Sharia law. the other part of the question is to prohibit all state courts from considering international or Sharia law when considering cases, even cases of first impression.

Rex thinks Islam is too harsh on women, compared to say, modern Republicans like Sharron Angle who think women should stay at home while the man works – excluding Sharron herself, of course. Rex says Islam’s treatment of women is incompatible with American principles. To be perfectly honest, so is the American conservative’s treatment of women. The record speaks for itself; Rex is not likely to jump up in support of women’s rights. No other conservative has.

Rex seems eager to join the lemming-race of conservatives – a race that includes Newt Gingrich who came out with a similar position at the Value Voters Summit this month, Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey (R) of Tennessee, and Lynne Torgerson (I) who is running for the Minnesota House – trying to outdo each other in craziness:

It’s a growing threat frankly. This again is a pre-emptive strike. They understand that this is a war for the survival of America, it’s a cultural war it’s a social war. It’s a war for the survival of our country. And other states have looked away and kow towed to political correctness, have lost the chance perhaps to save their state. I believe Oklahoma voters at a margin greater than 90% will approve this state amendment and when we do, other red states and maybe even some lesser blue states will decide their states are worth saving too.

Frankly, Rex, I’m more worried about the Christian fundamentalism here at home than Islamic fundamentalism over there, thousands of miles away. There is no sign, no evidence, not the remotest indication that there is any threat of Sharia Law overturning the Constitution. Without a shred of evidence, you go off the deep end. You’re not a “true patriot” Rex, but a fear monger. Nothing but a lowly fear mongering demagogue, indistinguishable from all the other fear mongering demagogues on the right.

Given a choice between Mosaic and Sharia Law…well, there isn’t one, to be frank. They’re equally unhealthy choices for a modern liberal democracy that enshrines ideas of tolerance and pluralism – things our Nation was founded upon, by the way, Rex, if you’ll only bother to look.

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8 Replies to “Banning Sharia Law in Oklahoma”

  1. you are absolutely right. I am far more afraid of the Southern Baptist that I am any kind of sharia law. This issue is such a farce that it’s unimaginable how these people can keep a straight face when they are talking about sharia law.

    let’s follow a bit of loose logic. In 50 years this country will be mostly Hispanic according to some people. That means the Catholic Church will be in power. That has to scare the Republicans to death. And given our immigration policies within 50 years the number of Islamic believers here in the United States will have grown drastically, possibly even passing the number of blacks.

    Why do I bring that up? Because United States is the melting pot am I not correct? Elements of sharia law could creep into this government within 50 to 75 years.

    But to talk about it today as if it’s a threat is so unreasonably stupid that it defies any type of logic. when no elements of sharia law show up in the near future these people are going to continue to look stupid

  2. Hraffy, don’t you need to tend to your marijuana plants?? Look at Britain’s underground Muslims with their Sharia “courts”. Same thing could happen to us, especially with Hussein as our President.


  3. I live in Oklahoma, and I am a Christian.I find people like you amusing, mostly because you make us right.The hatred you utter, is exactly what we were told to expect from the likes of you.Islam is a religion of hatred, there is no extremism within it, it is the extremism.When these people aren’t fighting with others, they are fighting amongst themselves, and have been for thousands of years.I can’t wait to see people like you on judgment day, because on that day “every knee shall bow”.

  4. I think this is utterly wrong and repulsive. Many know that Muslims don’t think there should be any other religion but theirs and they want to take over all they can. I am an okie myself and I say screw muslims!!! If they want Sharia law then go back to where you came from and besides it doesn’t interfere with the first amendment. Oklahoma never said they couldn’t practice their religion it just wouldn’t be used in our court system. Our AMERICAN court system. So sorry buddy your just another muslim who needs to go back to Iran or Iraq and live your life there. Quit trying to screw up our country.

  5. Such rubbish. I am a liberal from NYC and am ashamed of the ignorance of most liberals about Islam. Read the Quran for yourselves and learn what it really says. It cannot be compared with the bible. Whoever compares Islam to Christianity has never read the New Testament and only goes by what they hear. Educate yourselves! Islam means to submit. The so-called prophet mohammed was a selfish, self-serving pedaphile who married a nine yr. old girl to have sex with her. He and his band of merry men raped, pillaged and plundered throught the middle east. Would God pick him to be a prophet? NO! I implore all Americans to do their own research. Read the quran, learn about the hadith. Learn who mohammed was and how he lived. Don’t believe the lie that islam is a religion of peace. Go to Daniel Pipes website. Then go to religionofpeace site. It’s either .com or .org-you’ll know when u see it. Those are for starters. If you love America and our secular way of life then you must take this threat seriously. No to taqiyya!

  6. Sharia law is most certainly a threat. In New Jersey, an Islamic man raped his wife and the judge let him off (even though there was sufficient evidence) because he had the “right to” under his religion. Another instance, a Florida judge has just accepted ruling under Sharia law- as well as the constitution.

    I’m a sixteen-year-old woman. The writing is on the wall. Unless America acts, I’m leaving this country for Australia where they DON’T tolerate raping women and male supremacy. I, for one, hope Oklahoma does ban Sharia law. It needs to be done.

  7. I would love to see links to what you are saying.

    I would also say that christian fundies are a far bigger threat than sharia law. In fact fundamentalist christians are sharia law in themselves.

    BTW, Ive been to Sydney, very large islamic population there. And quite a rich bunch too

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