Watch: Mayor Kicks Sharia Law To The Curb With A Tough Message

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Last week, the city of Irving, Texas, supported a bill pending in the state House that would ensure that state laws would trump all foreign laws. Muslims in the community saw this as an obstruction of a newly established Sharia court, however.

The city council voted five to four Thursday on a resolution affirming H.B. 562 which states in part:

A contract provision involving the marriage relationship providing that the forum to resolve a dispute arising under the contract is located outside the states and territories of the United States is void if the foreign law that would be applied to dispute in that forum would, as applied, violate a fundamental right guaranteed by the United States Constitution or the Constitution of this state.

An Islamic court using Sharia law was established in nearby Dallas earlier this year, Breitbart reported in January. One of its “judges” said that taking part in the court is “voluntary.” One who observes the Muslim faith cannot obtain a divorce, or “Talaq,” without the approval of the Islamic court.

“[W]hile participation in the tribunal is voluntary, a married couple cannot be considered divorced by the Islamic community unless it is granted by the tribunal,” Dr. Taher El-badawi, one of the judges, explained to Breitbart.

“The courts of the United States of America are costly and consist of ineffective lawyers. Discontent with the legal system leads many Muslims in America to postpone justice in this world and opt for an audience on the Day of Judgment,” per the description on the Islamic Tribunal’s website:

It is with this issue that Muslims here in America are obligated to find a way to solve conflicts and disputes according to the principles of Islamic Law and its legal heritage of fairness and justice in a manner that is reasonable and cost effective.  These proceedings must be conducted in accordance with the law of the land; local, state and federal within the United States.

Through effective mediation and arbitration, decisions can be made that are stipulated in the Shari’ah and adhering to the binding, ethical and legal code that exists within this country with the final approval of the relevant courts and judges. Islamic Tribunal or IT is established exactly for this purpose.

“This bill does not reference Sharia, Islam or even religion. It has nothing to do with preventing any tribunal,” Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne said at the meeting. Van Duyne has been a vocal proponent of the bill. “Why anyone would feel this is hatred or bigotry is absolutely beyond me.”

In a Facebook post ahead of the vote, Van Duyne made her point clear. “[T]he fundamental principles that formed our nation, protect our rights and guarantee liberties unmatched anywhere must not be sacrificed as our nation embraces other cultures. Reaffirming that our courts will consider matters based on AMERICAN laws and statutes is, therefore, necessary,”

Over 500 people came to debate the bill ahead of the vote, including many in the Muslim community who raised objections. “[The bill] fuels anti-Islamic hysteria,” Zia Sheikh, imam at the Islamic Center of Irving told the Dallas Morning News. “Her whole point was to rile up her supporters…The problem is we become the whipping boys.”

h/t: BizPac Review

 

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Mercy Will Prevail — The Struggle To Know The One True God

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There are many troubling developments unfolding threatening to extinguish the lasting remnants of our common law, Judeo-Christian foundations. At the same time, it seems as if Sharia law is starting to creep its way in.

Just recently, I proudly flaunted my conservative principles during a heated online exchange. I found myself blindsided, however, as I was unprepared for the sobering response that followed my ideological offensive…

AJ: “Leftists are so dangerous and hypocritical in what they espouse and who they target. All men and women can get married in the U.S. What is being demanded is a (recognition and) redefinition of marriage; so what’s the standard? They don’t want any part of that aspect of the conversation. But how is marriage ultimately to be defined? What is the consensus? What is the new normal?

“When people start throwing around the words ‘hate’ and ‘phobia,’ it exhibits a lack of a sound, big-picture perspective.”

Unknown Responder: “Perhaps if you had experienced, firsthand, hatred with the physical beatings and attacks I and others here have endured and fortunately survived (because of the pervasive anti-gay Christian culture in this country over the past two and a half centuries) you wouldn’t be so quick to make such statements!”

I was troubled by this. If accurately conveyed, this is truly horrible.

But I can’t help but view this battle as just one part of a greater cultural and ideological struggle being forcefully thrust upon average folk with no true axe to grind. The pot-stirrers are the same people willing to trample on existing laws and promote open rebellion against our ‘men in blue’ via some contrived race-war narrative.

When you cater to the whims of the individual (in particular, those who promote a radical uprooting of our traditional foundations), a path to arbitrary totalitarian rule is laid that threatens to devour our natural/universal laws.

We all have a part in shaping the culture. What we don’t challenge, we by default embrace. We must continue to promote values and virtue, and demand such attributes are present (and apparent) in those elected to public office.

It appears that we Christians are being scapegoated and ultimately driven into the fringes of society.

I am of no greater worth than my neighbor – no matter how he identifies himself. This trumped-up emphasis on sexual identity is way overblown. We are not what we desire, but rather, we are what we embrace. Sometimes, it is an acting against carnal interests that is the most loving and compassionate way to engage our neighbor and uphold ourselves. In fact, it could be said that we must embrace death if we truly want to live. This I actually know, for my Savior tells me so.

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.””

What does your God tell you?

Search your conscience and seek ultimate authority and wisdom. May our Answer Be a Truly Merciful One!

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Bobby Jindal: We’re A Judeo-Christian Nation

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In a radio interview Monday, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana reiterated some familiar lines about America’s need to return to its Judeo-Christian heritage. It is rumored that Jindal will make a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

“This is a place where you have freedom of self-determination, freedom of religious liberty, freedom of speech,” Jindal said. “This is an amazing place and we’re a majority Christian country. We’re a Judeo-Christian heritage, but we don’t discriminate against those that have no beliefs and or have different beliefs.”

But what is not acceptable and what you’ve seen in Europe and this is a very serious particular threat, you’ve got those that do want to try to impose a form of sharia law. And sharia law is antithetical, mutually exclusive of freedom, in treating women as first class citizens, it is antithetical to the values we hold dear.

And you see third, fourth generation immigrants in the U.K., France, in other places in Europe that don’t consider themselves part of those societies and that’s very dangerous.

Jindal made the remarks on Family Research Council’s Washington Watch.

The Louisiana governor addressed a prayer rally at Louisiana State University last week in which he proclaimed “our God” will be the victor. “We can’t just elect a candidate and fix what ails our country,” he said. “We can’t just pass a law and fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails our country.”

It is like God has given us the book of life. He doesn’t let us see the pages for today and tomorrow. He doesn’t promise us everything will go the way you want, but he does let you see the last page in the book of life. And on the last page, our God wins.

Jindal is a convert to Catholicism and called himself an “evangelical Catholic” in a Washington Post interview last May. He doubled down Monday, asserting that not assimilating into the American culture could be construed as “invasion.”

 “But what’s not acceptable is people that want to come and conquer us. That’s not immigration by the way, that’s colonization,” he said.

 If someone wants to come here and change our fundamental culture and our values. If they want to come here and they want to set up their own culture and values, that’s not immigration, that’s really invasion if you’re honest about it.

The potential GOP contender also suggested if America is not “serious” about tackling this issue, we could face more terrorist attacks comparable to the one in Paris earlier this month.

Of course, the politically correct crowd when you say things like they’ll call you racist but this is a particular threat we face. And if we’re not serious about this we’re going to see more lone wolf actors. We’re gonna see more folks come into our country just like you’ve seen in other countries – the horrific shootings in Paris.

 h/t: Pat Dollard

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UN-common Ground: Christianity, Islam, And ISIS

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In light of recent world events including the rise of ISIS and the ongoing slaughter of Christians, many people are still confused about the differences between the teachings of Islam compared to Christianity. The first obvious contrast is that Jesus taught love and forgiveness; the prophet Muhammad was a violent warrior who promoted conquest and who killed Jews and Christians.

Here in America, there are over 3.5 million Muslims; but the problem is with a minority of the overall Muslim population that has blended into our society with the goal of implementing acts of takeover or terror. Estimates suggest there are about 250,000 radicals who are patiently working and waiting for the call to jihad. Another problem is that very few “moderate” Muslims publicly renounce acts of terror taking place around the world. One cannot help but wonder exactly where they stand.

It is no secret the Obama administration has openly supported Islam since the president’s 2009 speech in Cairo. Ever since the “Arab Spring” in early 2011, Sharia Law has been implemented in Islamic countries; and the persecution of Christians has reached record levels. Few media outlets reported that one year after President Obama released Abu Bakr al Baghdadi from an Iraqi jail, Baghdadi formed ISIS, which has been on a bloody rampage of terror, death, and evil ever since. Where should Americans stand?

The following is a book excerpt from ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA.

Both Christianity and Islam promote a standard of morality and good works, but the god of Islam is not the same as the living God of the Holy Bible. The Muslim holy book, the Quran, considers Jesus a prophet, but not the Son of God or the Savior. Muslims do not believe Jesus died on the cross, but that he was assumed to heaven by Allah.

“Jesus is like Adam in the sight of Allah. Allah created him of dust and then said to him: ‘Be,’ and he was” (Quran 3:55, 58). In other words, Jesus was a created being like us with no divine attributes.

In contrast, the Bible teaches:

In the beginning … The Word was with God … He [Jesus] was with God in the beginning; all things were created by Him and for Him (John 1:1; Colossians 1:16).

The 66 books of the Bible were written by at least forty different authors over a period of at least 1,500 years, and its unity and continuity remain apparent and cohesive. [Several centuries after the Bible was written,] the Prophet Muhammad is said to have received divine recitations from Allah over a period of twenty-three years.

At times, Allah commands Muslims to love Jews and Christians–and at other times calls for their death if they do not convert to Islam. Because there are verses that teach peace, you may hear Islam referred to as a religion of peace. However, other instructions in the Quran order Muslims to kill all unbelievers, especially the more recent verses relating to Jews and Christians. What does a follower of Islam do when two instructions seem to contradict each other? This word is a pivotal key to unlocking the answer: abrogation.

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WATCH: The Radical British Imam Facing Terror Charges Faces Off Again With Hannity

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He’s back. The British Islamist Anjem Choudary has been released from police custody after being arrested last week on terrorism-related charges — for allegedly being a member of a banned terrorist group.

Choudary — one of the most notorious jihadists in the United Kingdom, and well known for his relentless resolve to implement Sharia law under an Islamic caliphate — has again done what he apparently loves to do. He’s gone on TV to debate Sean Hannity.

In another heated exchange with the Fox News host, the outspoken Imam defended the capturing and beheading of Western hostages, and he explained why living under Sharia would be better for the people of the United States than the system under which we currently live.

Choudary, whose bail-restrictions include a ban on foreign travel and public preaching, said his arrest was a “politically motivated” effort by the British government to silence him on the eve of a Parliamentary vote on military intervention in Iraq.

You can watch the interview with Anjem Choudary by clicking on the video above.

 

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