By Lt. Colonel James Zumwalt, USMC (ret)
In May, the Center for Security Policy released its study “Shariah Law and American State Courts: An Assessment of State Appellate Court Cases.” This study is significant because it documents, for the first time, a trend by which individualstate laws and US Constitutional rights are eroding as courts apply Islamic law in some cases. This report is a call to debate America’s tolerance at home of a foreign legal system contrary to our basic beliefs. Yet those attempting to lead such a debate are criticized by a group of US based Muslim organizations, assisted by the ACLU, for being “Islamophobes.”
By playing the Islamophobia card, this group—appropriately dubbed by critics as the “Shariah Defense Lobby”—seeks to shift the focus away from where it should be, on dangers to our freedoms, instead putting it where it should not be, on fake claims of bias simply for raising concerns about such dangers. The Lobby seeks to take the spotlight off a substantive debate of the issue in favor of personal attacks against those raising it. Of import in evaluating the Lobby’s claims is that one of its member nonprofit organizations that took advantage of US tax laws as a charitable entity has refused to disclose its funding sources, thus forfeiting that status. That same member was an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror financing trial in US history.