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Herman Cain Defends His Sharia Conspiracy: ‘Call Me Crazy’

4 October 2011 General 7 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
Herman Cain

Herman Cain

By Faiz Shakir

On ABC’s This Week, host Christiane Amanpour confronted Herman Cain about a comment he made to ThinkProgress. “There’s this creeping attempt…to gradually ease Sharia Law and the Muslim faith into our government,” Cain told us in March.

After showing Cain his quote, Amanpour asked him to respond to Chris Christie, who has said, “This Sharia law business is crap, it’s just crazy, and I’m tired of dealing with the crazies.” Cain responded:

CAIN: Call me crazy. … Some people would infuse Sharia Law in our courts system if we allow it. I honestly believe that. So even if he calls me crazy, I am going to make sure that they don’t infuse it little by little by little. … American laws in American courts, period.

AMANPOUR: American laws are in American courts. So the people of this country should be safe for the moment.

Watch it:

In July, Cain met with a small group of Muslims and said he was “truly sorry for any commentsthat may have betrayed my commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it.” It’s therefore disappointing that Cain is still clinging to his anti-Sharia rhetoric.

The “creeping Sharia” threat, as CAP explained in our report “Fear, Inc.,” is the product of a hate campaign organized by a small number of Islamophobic actors who are trying to cast suspicion on the presence of all Muslims in America. In fact, Cain’s language of “American laws in American courts” is lifted directly from a right-wing lawyer named David Yerushalmi, who has been leading an effort to pass anti-Sharia measures in roughly two dozen states.

As the ACLU has explained in a thorough legal analysis, the “creeping Sharia” rhetoric is a mythical menace and a fabricated threat:

There is no evidence that Islamic law is encroaching on our courts. On the contrary, the court cases cited by anti-Muslim groups as purportedly illustrative of this problem actually show the opposite: Courts treat lawsuits that are brought by Muslims or that address the Islamic faith in the same way that they deal with similar claims brought by people of other faiths or that involve no religion at all. These cases also show that sufficient protections already exist in our legal system to ensure that courts do not become impermissibly entangled with religion or improperly consider, defer to, or apply religious law where it would violate basic principles of U.S. or state public policy.

A Center for American Progress report on Sharia explained, “It’s important to understand that adopting” the creeping Sharia rhetoric “would direct limited resources away from actual threats to the United States and bolster an anti-Muslim narrative that Islamist extremist groups find useful in recruiting.”

Recall, in 2010, Oklahoma passed a “Save our State” ballot initiative that banned Sharia in its state courts. That amendment was halted from taking effect by a federal district court. District Court Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange argued: “It would be incomprehensible if…Oklahoma could condemn the religion of its Muslim citizens, yet one of those citizens could not defend himself in court against his government’s preferment of other religious views.” The 10th Circuit court is now hearing the case.

Original post: Herman Cain Defends His Sharia Conspiracy: ‘Call Me Crazy’

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  1. but…you are crazy

    no one comes to america except for an education, vacation, or a chance at life because every where else sucks. There’s not attempt to do anything. Freakin’ nut jobs

  2. Elle,

    I guess you are still young coming to life,(Not putting you down because of your age), but No you are not correct, it does not suck everywhere else. Did you know with all this hatred to Islam there are at least 50 thousands US citizens living in Saudi Arabia alone, not to mention other Islamic countries.
    The advantage of USA is that there are so many states, each on each own except when it comes to federal matters. Weather can be quite diverse from coast to another. Other than that you have to see the number of american living in Europe.

  3. true a lot of people choose elswhere but thats AFTER they’ve been in America. Many people choose America because they believe it’ll give them a better life. i mean look at afghans. The taliban are killing them. the american army is killing them s they run here for safety. Of course only then do they realize the hatred is rooted in deeper than they thought. I’m not saying all americans hate Muslims, but so many many do. Which is not american, at all.

  4. Its not a News that America hate Islam and muslims but one thing for sure is that Islamic Law will later rile this World,but the other issue is that they think if they disorganized the Muslim Nations then isla, will die ,no no no,Its Allah property and HE will surely gaurd it

  5. people who fear islam just have no idea about it or are too scared to learn about it. i feel sorry for them.

  6. Ayda from down under,

    i’ve learned much about islam recently. and some of it is fearfull. i’m not scared to learn, are you scared to teach is the question? let me ask you if islam calls for:

    1. death to an apostate
    2. death to an adulterer
    3. death to a blasphemer
    4. 100 lashes to a fornicator
    5. 80 lashes for drinking
    6. female circumsicion
    7. women to iherit have as much as men
    8. a woman’s testomony to count have as much as a man’s
    9. kafir are less than animals
    10. the establishment of a caliphate to rule the world

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