Sharia Law versus American Law
Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
is hot to trot out the wonderful attributes of Sharia Law. They insist it is compatible with the Constitution of the United States. Is that so? Well if it is compatible then why do they want it so badly in the U.S.? Why not just live by the lows of the land they immigrated to? And if born here then they grew up with these laws of ours, why try to change them now? Religion? Or perhaps it is because to live under Islam is to live under a totally different code than we in America are used to?
If you question that statement then consider this "safety tip"
from the U.S. State Department on traveling to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a country run by Sharia Law.
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While in Saudi Arabia, you are subject to its laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating Saudi Arabian laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, imprisoned, or even executed.
Suspects may be detained without charges or legal counsel, and with limited consular access, for months during the investigative stage of criminal cases. Penalties for the import,
manufacture, possession, and consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs in Saudi Arabia are severe. Convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences, heavy fines, public floggings, and/or deportation. The penalty for drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia is death. Saudi officials make no exceptions. Customs inspections at ports of entry are thorough. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General have no standing in Saudi courts to obtain leniency for a U.S. citizen convicted of alcohol or drug offenses. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime, prosecutable in the United States.
Saudi authorities do not permit criticism of Islam or the royal family. The government prohibits the public practice of religions other than Islam. Non-Muslims suspected of violating these restrictions have been jailed. Homosexual activity and adultery are considered to be criminal offenses and those convicted may be sentenced to lashing, prison, or death.
While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in a foreign country, that might not always be the case. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as you are arrested or detained in Uzbekistan. While staff at U.S. Embassy and Consulates General will make every effort to visit incarcerated U.S. citizens, they cannot get anyone released from detention or jail.”
Yet in spite of these ominous words of caution from our very own State Department there are those in our government that are supporting Sharia Law in this country. A tad contradictory wouldn’t you say? Of course the Muslims say they only want ‘parts’ of Sharia for religious purposes but when one considers that Islam is a total and complete way of life that dictates every aspect from birth till death then one has to question how Sharia could possibly fit in with the laws of the United States. If you are thinking, they can’t, then you would be correct because there are many differences. Here are just a few:
1. Sharia courts do not employ lawyers; plaintiffs and defendants represent themselves. While this is permitted in American Courts it is not mandatory as it is in SHARIA COURTS.
2. Trials are conducted solely by the judge without benefit of a Jury. That’s right; you don’t get to go in front of a Jury of your Peers, no matter the crime.
3. There is no pre-trial discovery process, no cross-examination of witnesses, and no penalty of perjury , this based on the assumption that no potential witness would endanger his soul. In other words they are so sure the “witness” will tell the truth.
Another important fact to remember is: Unlike common law, judges’ verdicts do not set binding precedents under the principle of stare decisis (legal principle in the U.S. by which judges are obliged to respect the precedents established by prior decisions) Unlike civil law, Sharia does not utilize formally codified statutes (these were first introduced only in the late 19th century during the decline of the Ottoman Empire).4. Instead of precedents and codes, Sharia relies on medieval jurist’s manuals and collections of non-binding legal opinions, or fatwa’s, issued by religious scholars, these can be made binding for a particular case at the discretion of a judge. Which translates to they can pretty much make stuff up as they go along to suit each case and assure the outcome they want, not what a true legal system does!5. Sharia courts’ rules of evidence also maintain a distinctive custom of prioritizing oral testimony and excluding written and documentary evidence (including forensic and circumstantial evidence), on the basis that it could be tampered with or forged.6. A confession, an oath, or the oral testimony of a witness are the only evidence admissible in a Sharia court, written evidence is only admissible with the attestations of multiple, witnesses deemed reliable by the judge, in other words Notaries. This is just a sampling of differences, there are more and can be found HERE
As you can now see, Sharia is more than just a religious law and does deal with multi facets of life. Yes the Jewish faith has their own laws and ways of handling things within their religion and beliefs, but we have never heard of them going around the country giving talks on how wonderful their laws are compared to other laws.
I suspect this might be because they do not want to dominate others but rather live and coexist with other religions, unlike Islam that does not have any intention of coexisting. One only has to go over to Saudi Arabia to see true Islamic Law in action, take a tour
around the country and see how many churches or temples you find. I can save you the trip, ZERO! Now back here in the U.S., did you know of the more than 2,100 mosques in America, more than 80 percent have been built within the last 20 years – thanks in large part to Saudi money, according to Reza F. Safa, author of “Inside Islam.
Please stop and think about this, Saudi money is paying for 80 percent of the Mosques in the United States, Saudi Arabia is under the rule of Islamic (Sharia) Law. Go back and read again what our own State Department has to say about traveling to Saudi Arabia. Do you think for one moment they do not want the members of the mosque THEY are paying for to spread the word of Sharia Law? Again I will ask why are Muslims so hell bent on convincing Americans how good Sharia Law is?