I've been reading the news about "Anti-Sharia Law" protests. The quotation marks are intentional - I am not convinced that the protests are about Islamic laws.
What are the chances of the US or regions of the US being subjected to Sharia law? We just don't have that many Muslims. What percentage of the Muslims that we do have, would want Sharia law? The risks just don't seem to be any where in the realm of reality, or even reasonable paranoid fantasy.
If anyone would be threatened by Islamic law, I would. They take people like me and throw us off buildings, hang us, chop off our heads in public squares, and use us for target practice. I'm well aware of that. I'm well aware of Islamic thugs, tyrants, demagogues, monsters, losers, gangs, and armies, raping, pillaging, marauding, and committing genocides and acts of crazed terrorism in many places around the world. I also recall, growing up in the American Midwest a generation, or two, back, that people like me were harassed, sometimes killed - often justified by the "gay panic defense" - denied jobs, beaten, denied jobs and careers ended. By Christians, not Muslims. Our history of oppression in the USA is overwhelmingly Christian. If we are at any kind of risk in the USA of being under religious law, it's Christians who would be the oppressors, the killers, the excluders. It's Christians who lynched thousands of African Americans, and enslaved millions of them over the generations. Not Muslims. Not sharia law.
So why a march against Sharia? It feels like pretty classic scapegoating. Find a small, mostly defenseless - in the USA - group, mostly defenseless and mostly outsider, who many people feel uncomfortable about. Most people in the US have never known a Muslim, Set them up as a straw man, and have an orgy of hate. Doing so brings attention to attention whores, feeds narcissism, creates chaos, and gets a lot of people upset. Which is something that the perpetrators like. They like to feel entitled, outraged, and persecuted. They love their umbrage. It's not new, didn't start with Trumplodytes. In the Pacific NW, where I live, there is a long and extensive history of skin heads, racists, KKK. And for that matter, similar groups in much of the country. It's worrisome that such groups feel empowered and more accepted these days, but the pendulum does swing back and forth.
Am I wrong? Should I be concerned about Islamic Hashhashim storming my door next year? Or should there be protests, instead, against Christian law? Or maybe everybody should just calm down, have some brownies, and mellow out?
A very conservative, very xian man I know fears that Sharia law will start in a town where his married daughter lives. He told me I should fear it too.
"Are Muslims a majority on the town council"? I asked.
"No, but three percent of the people in the town are Muslims."
That really happened.
I tried to be tactful when I told him to see a therapist about his fear. I was glad he didn't get angry.
"Or maybe everybody should just calm down, have some brownies, and mellow out?"
Do you happen to have the recipe to these powerful brownies you spoke of?
Thomas, I think there are lots of recipes on the internet :-)
Various states are gradually legalizing the active ingredient of one such type of brownies!
That "Anti-Sharia" framing is just to mask the racism with a faux-patina of caring about human rights. It's anti-Muslim, period. There's no danger of Sharia Law in the US.
On the other hand, we already have our very own Xian version. 11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida
When she was a scrawny 11-year-old, Sherry Johnson found out one day that she was about to be married to a 20-year-old member of her church who had raped her.
“It was forced on me,” she recalls. She had become pregnant, she says, and child welfare authorities were investigating — so her family and church officials decided the simplest way to avoid a messy criminal case was to organize a wedding.
Twenty-seven states do not even set a minimum age by statute, according to the Tahirih Justice Center’s Forced Marriage Initiative.
A great majority of the child marriages involve girls and adult men. Such a sexual relationship would often violate statutory rape laws, but marriage sometimes makes it legal.
Johnson, the former 11-year-old unwitting bride who is now fighting for Florida to set a minimum marriage age (there is none now), says that her family attended a conservative Pentecostal church and that other girls of a similar age periodically also married. Often, she says, this was to hide rapes by church elders.
She says she was raped by both a minister and a parishioner and gave birth to a daughter when she was just 10 (the birth certificate confirms that). A judge approved the marriage to end the rape investigation, she says, telling her, “What we want is for you to get married.”
“It was a terrible life,” Johnson recalls, recounting her years as a child raising children. She missed school and remembers spending her days changing diapers, arguing with her husband and struggling to pay expenses. She ended up with pregnancy after pregnancy — nine children in all — while her husband periodically abandoned her.
“They took the handcuffs from handcuffing him,” she says, referring to the risk he faced of arrest for rape, “to handcuffing me, by marrying me without me knowing what I was doing.”
I still think 18 makes more sense for a marriageable age.
Perhaps most horrible there is that a judge -- who's supposed to have the child(ren)'s best interests in mind when approving marriages below the otherwise minimum age -- approved the marriage to end the rape investigation!!!?!
Also from the article:
Some judges and clerks intervene on behalf of young girls; others do not. Reiss says one clerk told a 16-year-old bride: “Don’t cry. This is supposed to be the happiest day of your life.”
We indeed need to be concerned about conservative religious oppression being enabled and tied into the legal system right here in the (majority-Christian) United States!
I am an American living in Sweden most of the year since Spring 2016 and have been following mass migration in Europe for two years as well as reading about the expansion of Islam in Europe during the last few decades.
I would say the expansion of Islam is concerning in the west. I say "west" because I see parallels between Europe and North America and generally do not distinguish these regions when discussing this subject. Stats predict the US will become a much more secular country quickly, as we can already see there is significant difference in religious values between the current young generation compared to parents and grandparents.
This reduction in religious values has already happened in Europe, and now look at what Europe is experiencing. A wave of mass migration has increased the Muslim population drastically. Sharia courts exist in the UK and now politicians are trying to limit them. If sharia courts exist in the UK then what will stop them from propping up in the US? US continues to accept refugees as well. Link - "US Quietly Lifts Limit of Number of Refugees Allowed In"
I think Project Trojan Horse (UK) is particularly interesting and shows the commitment of Islam. Twenty years of correspondence found between Muslim leaders in Birmingham, UK, one of the most populated immigrant communities, discussing plans to replace existing school headmasters with Muslim headmasters. Officials analyzed curriculum of the public schools in Birmingham and found that the curriculum had been altered to favor Islam and teach anti-semitic and anti-US ideology. Link.
I support the anti sharia march because is draws attention to the expansion of Islam which Americans should be conscious of. The march was organized by ACT for America, an organization initiated by Brigitte Gabriel who experienced warfare in Lebanon. People heckle ACT for America because it has Southern Poverty Law Center put it on the list of "hate" organizations, but from what I have seen from Brigitte Gabriel's videos I do not consider her to be peddling hate. She explains the reality of the expansion of Islam which is the fastest growing religion in the world and it is spreading quickly.