Fear of Sharia? Oh, Please.
One of the dumbest bills I’ve seen in a while was introduced in Congress this week. H.R. 6975 would require aliens to attest that they will not advocate installing a Sharia law system in the United States as a condition of their admission to our country.
First, there’s the simple bureaucratic nonsense of administering this thing: We’re going to ask every Christian, Catholic, Zen Buddhist, and Hindu not to advocate traditional Islamic law? What an utterly stupid waste of time. I don’t want a penny of my money going to pay for this.
But more importantly, a law like this communicates precisely the wrong thing to new immigrants and the world at large. It tells the world that we’re a weak, fearful country, and that we believe Sharia law is possible in the United States. It tells the world that we’ve come off our traditional moorings and that we no longer believe in free speech and tolerance of all opinions, no matter how wrong.
Let’s talk substance, just in case one or two of you out there are weak and fearful: There is no possibility – none – that Sharia law will be established in the United States. Not by any government body at any level. This country can stand to have Sharia advocated by whatever tiny minority might want to – without any risk. In fact, allowing such discussion will help dispel whatever small demand there could be for Sharia, because it would be so obviously incompatible with our way of life.
Whoever introduced this bill doesn’t understand our country’s strength or what this great country is all about.
Here’s the current vote on H.R. 6975. Click to vote, comment (expressions of fear, and advocacy of Sharia law welcome!), learn more, or edit the wiki article about the bill.