Bob Higgins

Sharia Law, It’s Not Happening, Let’s Make it Illegal

Posted in Humor, News, Politics, Religion by Bob Higgins on September 19, 2010
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Speaking at the annual right wing festival of crazy better known as the “Value Voters Summit” Newton Gingrich called for a federal ban on Sharia law in the US.

Stop and think about that for just a second… we already have a ban on religious influence in our courts, don’t we? Yes, I believe it’s called the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

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.

There you go, no further legislation is necessary, Sharia law or the Christian or Judaic commandments or any other theocratic claptrap and nonsense, are kept away from our legal system by one simple statement of principle written more than two centuries ago by folks who hadn’t been infected with the sort of poisonous Kool-aid being consumed and passed around at the Value Voters Summit.

Not unlike the flag burning hysteria that periodically consumes this same group of folks, Sharia law is not being practiced or encouraged anywhere in this country on any scale that would require additional legislation to prevent it.

If,  in some private rites and ceremonies, gatherings attended by like minded congregants of one persuasion or another,  Sharia or Mosaic law is being practiced it is probably constitutionally protected behavior unless some other law is being violated, as say in private Christian schools in Texas, where they have been known to beat the Lord into their students. We already have laws against assault and child abuse.

But Newton’s remarks really had nothing to do with Sharia law, Newton was doing what he does best, cynically pandering to racist, xenophobic  groups of right wing zealots and pouring his carefully rehearsed inflammatory rhetoric on their smoldering anger.

If Newton had delivered the same remarks to a gathering of people less disposed to psycho-talk he probably would have been laughed off the dais but in this crowd a rabid Pillsbury dough-boy preaching Islamophobia is considered normal.

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  1. The Center Square said, on September 19, 2010 at 10:24 am

    To your point, how can Gingrich advocate legislation forbidding Shari’a law without also advocating legislation forbidding Christian law?

    And if Gingrich cannot advocate legislation forbidding Christian law, how do his views differ from full-fledged theocracy?

    Of course, there is an answer to this: He knows full well that this legislation is neither necessary nor appropriate. But such talk sure gins up the base and gets the money flowing in.

  2. bobhiggins said, on September 19, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Thanks… You “get it.”


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