U.S. Constitution versus Sharia

“When the first Muslim American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the Holy Qur’an,” stated President Obama in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.

As nice as this sounds, there is a historical dilemma, namely, how can one swear to defend a Constitution upon a book that instructs followers to overthrow it?

There are five schools of Islamic law, called “sharia,” four are Sunni and one is Shite.

As Islamic populations grow in neighborhoods, clandestine pressure increases for inhabitants to comply with aspects of sharia.

This is behavior is observed in nations around the world, such as with Muslim organizer Anjem Choudary of Islam4UK, who stated (London Daily Express, 10/15/09):

“We have had enough of democracy and man-made law … We will call for a complete upheaval of the British ruling system … and demand full implementation of sharia in Britain.”

When one compares the aspects of sharia with the U.S. Constitution and its Amendments, there are incompatibilities.

Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson wrote in the foreword of the book Law in the Middle East (1955):

“The law of the Middle East is the antithesis of Western law.”

The FIRST AMENDMENT to the U.S. Constitution states that Congress shall make no law prohibiting the “free exercise” of religion, yet Mohammed said “Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him.” (Hadith Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 9, Book 84, No. 57).

Sharia relegates non-Muslims to “dhimmi” status, where they are not to propagate their customs among Muslims, and cannot display a Cross, Christmas decorations, or a Star of David.

The Quran states in Sura 4:89, “Those who reject Islam must be killed. If they turn back (from Islam), take hold of them and kill them wherever you find them.”

The FIRST AMENDMENT states Congress shall not abridge “the freedom of speech,” yet sharia enforces dhimmi status on non-Muslims, prohibiting them from observing their religious practices publicly, raising their voices during prayer, ringing church bells, or say anything considered “insulting to Islam.”

The FIRST AMENDMENT states Congress cannot take away “the right of the people to peaceably assemble,” yet sharia states non-Muslims cannot repair places of worship or rebuild destroyed ones; they must allow Muslims to participate in their private meetings; they cannot bring their dead near the graveyards of Muslims or mourn their dead loudly.

The FIRST AMENDMENT states Congress cannot take away the right of the people “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” yet sharia states non-Muslims are not to harbor any hostility towards the Islamic state or give comfort to those who disagree with Islamic government.

The SECOND AMENDMENT states “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” yet sharia states non-Muslims cannot possess arms, swords or weapons of any kind.

The THIRD AMENDMENT states one cannot be forced to “quarter” someone in their house, yet sharia states non-Muslims must entertain and feed for three days any Muslim who wants to stay in their home, and for a longer period if the Muslim falls ill, and they cannot prevent Muslim travelers from staying in their places of worship.

The FOURTH AMENDMENT guarantees “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures,” yet sharia states non-Muslim do not have this protection; and if a non-Muslim rides on a horse with a saddle and bridle, the horse can be taken away.

The FIFTH AMENDMENT states that “no person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime … without due process of law,” yet Mohammed said “No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir (infidel).” (Hadith Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 9, No. 50).

The SIXTH AMENDMENT guarantees a “public trial by an impartial jury” and the SEVENTH AMENDMENT states “the right of trial by jury shall be preserved,” yet sharia does not give non-Muslims equal legal standing with Muslims, even prohibiting them from testifying in court against Muslims.

The EIGHTH AMENDMENT states there shall be no “cruel and unusual punishments inflicted,” yet the Qur’an states: “Cut off the hands of thieves, whether they are male or female, as punishment for what they have done-a deterrent from Allah.” (Sura 5:38)

A woman who is guilty of adultery, fornication, or who has been raped is also punished by flogging “with a hundred stripes.” (Sura 24:2)

Sharia allows men to beat women: “If you experience rebellion from the women, you shall first talk to them, then (you may use negative incentives like) deserting them in bed, then you may (as a last alternative) beat them” (Sura 4:34).

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