Is Sharia law infringing upon our American rights?

Ever so slowly Sharia Law is creeping into our American way of life. We must begin to sit up and take notice. Photo: Department of Justice

CHARLOTTEJune 4, 2013 — You might think with all the furor flying around Washington, the Justice Department would take the opportunity to be a little less visible. You would be wrong.

A top Department of Justice official and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Bill Killian, is scheduled to headline an event today entitled Public Discourse in a Diverse Society. The discussion is sponsored by the American Muslim Advisory Council of Tennessee.

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The topic and its sponsoring organization may appear a bit unnerving but the stated purpose of the program is the real cause for alarm. The Tullahoma News reports that the subject matter is “increasing awareness that American Muslims are not the terrorists some have made them out to be in social media and other circles.”

On the surface that might seem rather benign, but in light of the recent bombings in Boston and growing concerns over the potential for home-grown terrorism, perhaps the timing could have been better chosen.

There is more to this than first glance. The time has come to read between the lines as reported by Claire Lopez for The Clarion Project. As Lopez writes, “the Department of Justice appears poised to move one step closer to enforcement of Islamic law on slander and blasphemy in America by threatening prosecution of citizens who exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech – if such speech dares to criticize Islam.”

The last seven words of that sentence are frightening.

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Even more disturbing is that Killian made statements to The Tullahoma News that if online postings or printed observations are deemed to be inflammatory by the FBI’s Muslim advisors, no matter how truthful, or even if they are taken from original Islamic scriptural texts, so-called offenders may face severe consequences.

It will not matter how honestly texts which have authoritative information about the teachings of Islam or how they inspire jihadis to perform acts of terrorism and violence are described, voicing such opinions and creating such awareness may be considered a violation of federal civil rights laws.

Incredible as it may sound, after the brazen daylight beheading of a British soldier in the streets of London by Islamic jihadists who proudly bragged on camera about their deed, The Daily Mail reports that British citizens were actually arrested for posting negative comments about Islam on social medias, Facebook and Twitter. 

According to the Daily Mail online: 

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“A 22-year-old man has been charged on suspicion of making malicious comments on Facebook following the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby.

Benjamin Flatters, from Lincoln, was arrested last night after complaints were made to Lincolnshire Police about comments made on Facebook, which were allegedly of a racist or anti-religious nature.

He was charged with an offence of malicious communications this afternoon in relation to the comments, a Lincolnshire Police spokesman said.”

Reports are that two other men were arrested for Tweets, but released on bail. 

What happened to common sense? Reason? What about Freedom of Speech and Religion? When did the ideals of our country become so distorted?

Muslims have the freedom to practice their beliefs as they please in this country. As long as they are peaceful and follow the laws of the land, nobody bothers them. Does it not seem logical that if they blow themselves or innocent people up that they are punished? Would that not be true for a Christian or a Jew or a Buddhist or an Atheist?

If the First Amendment guarantees free speech, where do Muslims derive the authority in this country to limit criticism of Islamic ideology, politics, religion and beliefs just because they do not like dissenting points of view?

In case you are not paying attention, denying First Amendment rights is an act tantamount to observing Sharia law which states that “anything concerning a (Muslim) person that he would dislike” is regarded as slander including criticism about his religion.

Fine. Let them believe what they want. The United States allows that. What it does not, or should not, allow is special modifications to the laws of our land purely because a religion disagrees with those of the host country.

There are other places in the world that adhere to Sharia law. Places where those practices are already in place. There is no need to change our beliefs when it is possible for those who follow Sharia to return to countries where their own ideologies are accepted.

From the outset, Islam has been an anger based religion. It has not changed in 14 centuries. The depth and breadth of that anger is unlimited.

Seemingly there is no end to Muslim rage that comes from following a puritanical doctrine.

Even now, according to Claire Lopez, the United Nations Human Council has Resolution 16/18 which will “bend U.S. law more closely to conformity with this Sharia definition of “slander: than anything currently on the books in American criminal law.”

Much has been written about the Muslim Brotherhood in recent months.

Sayyed Qutb, one of the major forces behind that organization during its formative years, wrote, “The chasm between Islam and Jahiliyyah (the non-Islamic world) is great, and a bridge is not built across it so that the people on the two sides may mix with each other, but only so that the people of Jahiliyyah may come over to Islam.”

Chances are Mr. Killian’s seminar will slip beneath the national media radar. However, it is still important to recognize that it is very much indicative of a chilling trend taking place in our country today.

If we are going to preserve America as we know it, we must be vigilant. We must be aware.

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Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( which offers tours and travel information for people who share his wanderlust spirit.  

Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.


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