Now that the Baron is gone, there won’t be a lot of posting.
It’s not just the time and energy it takes, though those are certainly factors in play. However, the heart of the matter has become the news itself; many stories are so dreadfully awful that it wears on the soul. I have begun many posts only to give up before they’re done. The deep malignity of Islam’s incursions into Western culture have begun to take their toll. The grip this culture of death has on our media and our government is deeply saddening.
I admire people who have the fortitude to continue in the face of this magnitude of malevolence. One person who comes to mind is Jim at Gateway Pundit. He does amazing work.
Another is Zombie, whose site is in a class by itself. Here’s a link to just one page of the Mohammed images available there. And that doesn’t even cover the photos for which Zombie is so justly famous.
Perhaps the key here is that both these bloggers have a redemptive tone, as does the one mentioned below in the “good news about Oklahoma” story. It may be that their own world view precludes the belief that evil could triumph.
It’s difficult to pinpoint when that belief began to be elusive. For a long time it seemed to be a simple case of avoidance. In retrospect, it’s clear that my usual optimism was beginning to erode.
If good health hadn’t become a dim memory, could I have continued to maintain my equilibrium while writing about the calamities that face us? That’s a hard call. The wall between me and the bad news seems to have become permeable, though. Does that occur with other bloggers, too? Some of them have become strident and shrill. Is that the price they must pay to endure?
By the way, this is a phenomenon that affects our readers on occasion; they email to say that it is discouraging to visit our pages sometimes.
In any event, while the Baron is away, I will do my best to post about the current situation. Lord knows I have a long list of things I’d like to tell you about; it’s a matter of stamina and well being at this point.
However, this piece of good news showed up last night, thanks to Heroyalwhyness. It is heartening to be told something positive about the direction our country is taking.
This is not the only piece of good news today, but it’s an important beginning.
Good for Oklahoma. With only thirty thousand or so Muslims in a population of well over three million people, the Sooner State is gearing up early to fight the incursion of Sharia law within its boundaries.
The Oklahoma legislature has passed a joint resolution to have placed on the November ballot a question regarding foreign laws within its jurisdiction.
This is not a law passed by the legislature; it is a question posed to the residents of Oklahoma to amend the state constitution.
Here’s the legalese for this move, passed on May 25th:
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ENROLLED HOUSE: JOINT RESOLUTION 1056 ENACTED BY THE SECOND REGULAR SESSION OF THE 52ND LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA, NUMBERED BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE:
STATE QUESTION 755
LEGISLATIVE REFERENDUM NUMBER 355
Directs the Secretary of State to refer to the people for their approval or rejection a proposed amendment to Section 1 of Article VII of the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma; creating the Save our State Amendment…
B. Subsection C of this section shall be known as the “Save Our State Amendment”
C. The Courts provided for in subsection A of this section, when exercising their judicial authority, shall uphold and adhere to the law as provided in the United States Constitution, the Oklahoma Constitution, the United States Code, federal regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, established common law, the Oklahoma Statutes and rules promulgated pursuant thereto, and if necessary the law of another state of the United States provided the law of the other state does not include Sharia Law, in making judicial decisions. The courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia Law. The provisions of this subsection shall apply to all cases before the respective courts including, but not limited to, cases of first impression.
Various Oklahoma media outlets have noted this move by the legislature, but the most commonly referenced report is from The Edmond Sun. Obviously, they have some local interest here:
State Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Edmond, a co-author of HJR 1056, said he wanted to express his support very early for the legislation, which is needed because of the “onslaught” coming Oklahoma’s way.
“I don’t think we should accept or encourage Sharia law in any way, shape or form,” Moore said.
State Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, primary author of HJR 1056, said Oklahoma is the first state to pass such legislation and he hopes other states will follow.
Duncan, an attorney who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, said the amendment is needed because judges in other states and on the federal bench have increasingly cited international law in their decisions. He said he feels that action is inappropriate in a sovereign state.
This is indeed heartening. A strong stand on sovereignty, the sentiment for which seems to grow by the day, pace Arizona and Texas. However, for Oklahoma the example is the UK:
Duncan said Sharia law is entrenched in the United Kingdom.
“It is a cancer upon the survivability of the UK,” Duncan said. “SQ 755 will constitute a pre-emptive strike against Sharia law coming to Oklahoma.”
Needless to say, the disloyal opposition is going to be out in full force, fighting this all the way to November:
Saad Mohammed, director of Islamic information for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, said 80 percent of the U.S. Constitution is compatible with Sharia, which leads to justice and equality for all. Mohammed said extremists have distorted Sharia.
“Sharia is more of a protection than something used to oppress,” Mohammed said.
Razi Hashmi, of Edmond, executive director of CAIR-Oklahoma, said the Sharia law proposal is a distraction from more urgent issues facing the state such as the economy, job creation and immigration.
Uh huh. Sure it is. By the way, since they brought it up, what are the opinions of these Islamist worthies regarding immigration?
Logan’s Warning has a post up about the referendum. A commenter, ChrisLA, left a link to a comparison between Sharia Law and the Constitution. It’s not a complete fisking by any means, but it sure goes a long way toward explaining the Oklahoma legislature’s all-too-rational fear.
Louis Palme, the author of this comparison, prefaces his assessment this way:
Americans are among the most tolerant and patriotic people in the world. As a nation of immigrants, there is a certain appeal to the idea of multiculturalism where people of different backgrounds are accepted in our communities. Our nation was founded on the principles of equality and freedom, and we have invested our resources and blood over and over again to defend those principles. Our constitution guarantees not only the freedom of speech, but also the freedom to practice our religion of choice. So it is not surprising that many Americans see Sharia Law as a Muslim religious prerogative which we should support or at least tolerate.
So to better understand whether Sharia Law is desirable (or even legal) in the United States, it might be instructive to compare it with the US Constitution. This isn’t too difficult for the layman because the US Constitution is only 17 pages long, including its 27 amendments. Sharia Law is well-documented in the 1,200 page Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, “The Reliance of the Traveler” by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri…
The Baron acquired his copy of The Reliance of the Traveler quite some time ago. If you can afford to invest in this manual, you won’t regret doing so. The link is to Amazon rather than to an Islamic bookstore.
A compelling comment left on the Amazon page by an infidel who explains why this book is important to read:
I give this product one star because I deeply disagree with its content, but urge non-Muslims to become familiar with it.
This book contains the legal rulings of the Shafii school of Islamic law. It contains a legal description of mainstream Islam, a codification of the culture of the Islamic Middle East.
It makes clear to me that there is an unbridgeable gap between the legal and cultural standards of Islam and America. That means that the more Islamic America becomes, the less American it is.
It shows me why a person can be a pious Muslim or a patriotic American but not both. A person who follows the interpretation of the Koran found in this book cannot share American attitudes toward women, sexual preferences, secular government, equality of opportunity for all regardless of religious belief, military defense of America against Muslim enemies and, above all, freedom of speech.
In short, Islamic law as described here does not pass Constitutional scrutiny…
Once you begin to slog through the thousand-plus pages of Reliance you’ll agree with that reviewer’s sad conclusion.
Here are Mr. Palme’s comparisons between parts of our Constitution and Sharia Law:
Article I – All legislative Powers shall be vested in the Congress.
The source of legal rulings for all acts of those who are morally responsible is Allah. (a1.1) It is not a sin to comply with man-made laws that require buying auto insurance or having a photo ID because “the authorities are responsible for the sin, not the individual forced to comply.” (w42.3 and w50.4)
Power to Declare War
Section 8 – Powers of Congress include to levy taxes, to make laws, and to declare war.
It is obligatory to obey the commands and interdictions of the caliph or his representative in everything that is lawful, even if he is unjust…because the purpose of his authority is Islamic unity, which could not be realized if obeying him were not obligatory. (o25.5) The caliph or his representative have the duty of undertaking jihad if their territory borders on enemy lands, of dividing the spoils of battle, and of remitting a fifth for “deserving recipients.” (o25.9(8))
Jihad is obligatory for everyone when the enemy has surrounded the Muslims. (o9.3) It is permissible in jihad to cut down the enemy’s trees and destroy their dwellings. (o9.1)
Article II, Section I — Qualifications of a President – He must be a natural born citizen, thirty-five years old, and a resident for fourteen years. The President is elected by ballot by the people (via the Electors) and shall serve for no more than 2 four-year terms.
No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.
A caliph must be a Muslim, a non-slave, a male, of the Quraysh tribe, etc. (o25.0)
The Caliph appoints a group to select his successor among themselves. There is no a term of office. However, the caliphate of someone who seizes power is considered valid, even though his act of usurpation is disobedience, in view of the danger from anarchy and strife that would otherwise ensue. (o25.4(3))
(Note: The Islamic Caliphate was disbanded the Turkish Parliament in 1924.)
Removal of Government Officers
Section 4 – The President and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from office if found guilty of treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.
(No provision for removal from office.)
Article VI – This Constitution and the laws of the United States which shall be made under it shall be the supreme law of the land, and judges in every state shall be bound by them.
Senators and Representatives, legislative officers, all executive and judicial officers both of the United States and the several states shall be bound by a Oath or Affirmation to support the Constitution.
The source of legal rulings for all acts of those who are morally responsible is Allah. (a1.1)
Civil and Religious Rights
Amendment 1 – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.
Non-Muslims are obliged to comply with Islamic rules that pertain to the safety and indemnity of life, reputation, and property. Non-Muslims are forbidden to openly display wine or pork, recite their scriptures, or make a public display of feast days or funerals. Non-Muslims are forbidden to build new churches. A non-Muslim may not enter a mosque without permission. The protection for non-Muslims is withdrawn if a non-Muslim commits adultery with a Muslim woman or marries her, leads a Muslim away from Islam, kills a Muslim, or says anything derogatory about Allah, the Prophet, or Islam. (o11.5 through o11.10)
Guns and Weapons:
Amendment 2 – The right of people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
It is a condition that someone buying weapons be of a people who are not at war with Muslims. (k1.2(f))
Enormities (sins) include selling weapons to non-Muslims who will use them against us. (w52.1(192))
Use of Private Property by the Government:
Amendment 3 – No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner prescribed by law.
(Not covered.) However, the Pact of Omar (636 AD) imposed on Christians in Syria, “We shall keep our gates wide open for passersby and travelers. We shall give board and lodging to all Muslims who pass our way for three days.”
Rule of Law and Equality Under the Law
Amendments 4 – 8 – These amendments prohibit unreasonable searches, require due process according to the law, provide for confrontation of witnesses, impose jury trial on all matters involving over $20, and prohibit excessive fines and cruel and unusual punishments. Amendment 14 provides for equal protection of the laws for all citizens.
No testimony may be made by people who have lowly jobs, such as a street sweeper or a bath house attendant, or non-Muslim. (o24.2-3)
Testimony regarding fornication or sodomy requires four male eye-witnesses to the act. (o24.9)
A woman’s testimony is worth only half that of a man. (o24.10)
(There is no provision for a jury trial under Sharia Law.)
Islamic punishments include 1) stoning for adultery (o12.2); 2) scourging 40 lashes with hands, shoes, ends of clothes, or a whip for drunkenness (o16.3); 3) severing the right hand for theft of over $36 and the left foot for a repeat offense (o14.1); and 4) death for apostasy from Islam. (o8.2)
Indemnity for accidentally killing a male Muslim is 100 camels or 4,235 grams of gold. (Current value: $144,000.) Indemnity for killing a woman is half that of a man, for killing a Jew or a Christian is one-third of the indemnity paid for a Muslim. The indemnity paid for a killing Zoroastrian is one-fifteenth of that of a Muslim. The indemnity for causing a miscarriage is one slave. (o4.9)
There is no indemnity for a killing a non-Muslim at war with Muslims, an apostate, or someone sentenced to death by stoning. (o14.17)
Jews and Christians are subject to a “poll tax” not less than 1 dinar (Current value: $144) per adult male per year. No maximum is stipulated. (o11.4) This is a penalty for remaining in their ancestral religion instead of embracing the “religion of truth.” (o9.8)
A husband may beat a “rebellious” wife for 1) not allowing immediate sexual intercourse when he asks for it, at home, and if she can physically endure it; 2) answering him coldly; or 3) being averse when she was previously kind. (m5.1 and m10.12) The only limitation is that he may not break her bones, wound her, or cause bleeding.
Amendment 13 Slavery and involuntary servitude are abolished.
The section on Slavery (k32.0) is not translated into English. The provisions remain in Arabic. The editor of “The Reliance of the Traveler” claims that these provisions are no longer applicable, yet they remain in the text of Sharia Law. Elsewhere, the manual states, “Originally the status of slave was simply the outcome of having been taken as a prisoner of war. A captive who could not buy his own freedom by means of ransom remained in the possession of the captor until he had earned his freedom by work or until he was granted liberty by his master.” (w13.1)
Use of Alcohol:
Amendment 21 repealed “prohibition,” thereby allowing manufacture, sale, and transport of alcoholic beverages.
It is unlawful to sell grapes to someone who will make wine from them. (k4.9) “Allah cursed whoever drinks wine, gives it to others to drink, sells it, buys it, presses it for another, transports it, receives it, or eats its price.”
Enormities (sins) include drinking wine in any form or other intoxicant, even if only a drop as in medicine; pressing out the juice to make wine or other intoxicant; carrying it for purposes of drinking, or having it carried; serving it to others or having it served; selling it; buying it; having it bought or sold; consuming proceeds from selling it; or keeping wine or other intoxicant. (o16.6 and w52.1(350-361))
This excerpt would be an excellent educational tool for Oklahoma legislators. They could have it printed on one page and sent out to its citizens. It needs wide dissemination so that voters can make an informed choice come November.
Incidentally, the Oklahoma newspaper reported that one of its legislators thought they were the first state to make a stand against Sharia, but that’s not the case. Logan’s Warning had a post up about Louisiana’s experience back in May. Here is his preface to the NOLA editorial on the passage of state legislation to protect their judicial sovereignty against Sharia:
Some of the main points of my plan against Islam, are to become energy independent, end Muslim immigration, and officially ban Sharia Law. Thankfully the state of Louisiana has done their part, with Sharia Law. To preserve Western Civilization, we are going to have to vote in more politicians that are willing to fight Islam head on. The Netherland’s Geert Wilders would be one, and Vijay Kumar of Tennessee, would be another. We are finally heading in the right direction, keep on speaking out!
[Go to his page to see the full editorial and to access the links in his preface. Based on that editorial he posted, many states are watching other states carefully to see how they are handling the incursions of islam into the American judicial system.]
By the way, NOLA is a good place to go for news on the oil spill. As with most events, the closer you get to local coverage the more detailed the information.
Meanwhile, I hope the Sooners rally ‘round the flag on this one in November.