Last month Michael Copeland posted about Koranic instructions on jihad, which “radicalize” young Muslims. He made the point that if existing UK laws were enforced, instructors using the Koran would be arrested and charged, and Islamic schools would be shut down.
We already have criminal enterprise statutes. Islam is a (cult) criminal enterprise.
American RICO statutes (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) were intended to go after the mafia. The acts of Islamic mullahs and jihadis clearly fall into the same pattern as the mafia. The only difference being Islam’s claim of an oddball form of “religious legitimacy”.
The US should use the RICO statutes to declare Islam a criminal enterprise. Then close Islam down as it presently exists in the US.
RICO allows the government to follow crime and money. Then arrest and confiscate anything in its path.
You can be sure the movement of money for jihad is widespread. You can be sure the incitement and communication between mullahs and mosques is widespread. You can also be sure there is foreign involvement. The RICO statutes were made just for this type of activity.
Use a small army of CPAs and attorneys to investigate every jihad attack. Follow 100% of the money back to its source. Track anyone involved, in any way. Then use the RICO statutes to jail, confiscate, and shut down all involved. That includes:
M1 – Shutting down mosques involved in any jihad attack. M2 – Arrest mullahs involved. M3 – Follow, and confiscate, all jihad money back to its source.
Read it all at: rico-m3.blogspot.com
The conspiracy to wage jihad is indeed a criminal enterprise under existing laws, including the RICO statutes. Many provisions of Islamic law are also arguably seditious, and actionable as such under much older statutes.
However, there’s a catch: Islam is protected by the First Amendment as a religion. This puts a serious roadblock in the way of any criminal investigations or prosecutions. No prosecutor would be willing to set in motion a RICO process targeting Islam and Muslims, knowing that his efforts would most likely be shut down by a federal judge as soon as they had begun. It probably wouldn’t even need to go before the Ninth Circuit — almost any judge would agree that the same provision that grants Islam tax-exempt status would prevent any deep investigation unless stringent probable-cause conditions were met.
What is obviously needed is a long-term strategic push to revoke Islam’s status as a recognized religion.
To achieve success in such an endeavor, we would need to move away from the “pedophile prophet” and “barbaric 7th-century desert cult” sort of rhetoric. A push to de-legitimize Islam would have to occur at the highest levels of our legal system, in the realm of constitutional law. It would need to be a carefully documented demonstration that:
|(1)||Islamic law, as formulated in well-established compendia enjoying the consensus of Islamic scholars, directly contravenes the U.S. Constitution in many of its provisions; and|
|(2)||Such provisions are codified from Koranic verses and hadith that make up well over 50% of the content of Islamic scriptures.
Therefore Islam is not a religion as the word is commonly understood, and thus lacks any protection under the First Amendment.
A case against Islam as a religion could be modeled on the work of Robert Spencer, Bill Warner, and especially Stephen Coughlin. Maj. Coughlin is a lawyer as well as an expert on Islamic law, and has already laid the groundwork for demonstrating that Islam is much more a legal and political system than it is a religion.
I’m no expert on constitutional law, but I suspect that removing Islam’s protected status might well require a constitutional amendment. However, even if it could be accomplished under statutory law, it’s a daunting task that will face formidable obstacles. Any congressman who proposed such action would immediately be subjected to the well-funded vitriol of CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood organizations. Remember what happened to former representatives Virgil Goode and Michele Bachmann? Well, you may not, but I guarantee that your congressman does — both were targeted for removal by bottomless pockets.
In order to be successful, such an operation would have to be launched simultaneously by a group of congressional “Islamophobes”. It would take grit, determination, and great patience to see it through. Everyone involved would face smears, death threats, harassment, etc. Only the most dedicated public officials would attempt it.
Can it be done? It’s theoretically possible.
But without something like it, RICO statutes will never be applied against Islam.