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Tancredo Introduces Bill To Block Islamic Sharia Law In The US

Sharia Law & Punishment

Sharia Law & Punishment

The outrageous verdicts of Islamic Sharia courts, which are now legally binding in civil cases in the Great Britain, have raised the concerns of some US lawmakers. Representative Tom Tancredo is introducing legislation designed to protect the United States from a similar fate. “This is a case where truth is truly stranger than fiction,” said Tancredo. “Today the British people are learning a hard lesson about the consequences of massive, unrestricted immigration.”

“When you have an immigration policy that allows for the importation of millions of radical Muslims, you are also importing their radical ideology – an ideology that is fundamentally hostile to the foundations of western democracy – such as gender equality, pluralism, and individual liberty,” said Tancredo. “The best way to safeguard America against the importation of the destructive effects of this poisonous ideology is to prevent its purveyors from coming here in the first place.”

Tancredo’s bill, dubbed the “Jihad Prevention Act,” would bar the entry of foreign nationals who advocate Sharia law. In addition, the legislation would make the advocacy of Sharia law by radical Muslims already in the United States a deportable offense.

“We need to send a clear message that the only law we recognize here in America is the U.S. Constitution and the laws passed by our democratically elected representatives,” concluded Tancredo. “If you aren’t comfortable with that concept, you aren’t welcome in the United States.”

Will The US Recognize Sharia Courts?

The British media have reported that the government of Great Britain has agreed to recognize Sharia law in certain civil cases. Muslims in Britain are exploiting a law that allows for certain arbitration tribunals to issue binding rulings. The problem is that the arbitration is based Sharia law and Sharia favors men over women.

A Sharia council, for example, will award sons twice as much inheritance as daughters in a dispute. Under British law, all children would receive an equal amount. In domestic violence cases, women lose. Western civilization bases its law on a Judeo-Christian foundation. When you try to insert Islam into our legal system, you come up with a very different model. Sheikh Lohaidan, a cleric, who is the head of Sharia courts, recently threatened to execute the owners of television stations who were broadcasting Turkish soap operas during Ramadan.

I may not care for the low moral standards soap operas portray either, but I don’t think it deserves a death sentence (and, thank God, neither does our western legal system). The court system is an important foundation of any type of government. When you allow two standards of court systems within a nation, you are essentially creating a separate government within a government. Eventually, one will seek to destroy the other and the original nation will not survive.

Environmentalists Ban Drilling Through Congressional Drilling Bill

The House of Representatives approved a bill to allow offshore oil drilling, but nearly all the Republicans voted against it. The truth is it isn’t a drilling bill, it’s an anti-drilling bill. If it becomes law, nearly all the oil and gas in the Outer Continental Shelf would be off-limits forever. Jeff Jacoby writes:

“This bill permanently bans all drilling within 50 miles of the US coast, which just happens to be where most of the recoverable oil and gas reserves are. It permits drilling between 50 and 100 miles out only if the adjoining states agree – which they won’t, since the bill denies them any share in the royalties the oil companies would have to pay, thereby eliminating any financial incentive for a state to say yes. Virtually all the oil off the California coast and beneath the Eastern Gulf of Mexico would be locked up for good. Don’t be fooled: The only offshore drilling this bill really opens the door to would have to be 100 miles or more out to sea, where the oil companies have no infrastructure.”

Democrats claim they are expanding the availability of oil by at least 2 billion barrels, but according to the Interior Department, the areas where the bill prohibits drilling contain more than 19 billion barrels; which is the same as 30 years of current imports from Saudi Arabia. The bill would deny Americans access to as much as nine-tenths of that oil.

The Democrats don’t mind high gasoline prices because they blame fossil fuels for global warming. The American public is upset with Congress so they put forth a sham bill which will make oil exploration even harder. This way they please their environmentalist campaign contributors and can tell the folks at home they voted to drill. These Congressmen must be voted out of office if we are to make our economy great again. We should limit all elected officials in the US to two terms in office. This would also help decrease the influence of lobbyists.

Some Thoughts On Intellectuals

Human wisdom is often unwise, but Biblical Christianity does not view the intellect as negative. In fact, the Bible teaches the value of the intellect. There is great value in having a brain; even more – the ability to use it. According to Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “The Bible tells us that the highest gift that God has given to men and women in the realm of gifts – I am not talking about the soul and spirit but actual gifts – the highest of all the gifts is mind, reason, and understanding.”

We are told that one wonderful fact about being human is that we can think about and analyze ourselves. This is why the Christian teacher or preacher must do more than move someone’s emotions. A good teacher or preacher must be able to reason with people. God has given us minds to use. If people are to stay out of trouble in this world, they must be taught how to correctly use their minds.

What is wrong with many “so-called” intellectuals today is that they often put their final confidence in the mind. They become proud. They actually begin to worship the mind. They believe nothing else is needed beyond the mind by human beings. It is good to be wise, but when you are wise in your own eyes, you are headed for trouble.

“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” (Romans 1:21-23)

We see in the above verses that there is always a danger in trusting only in your own intellect. The problem is man’s conceit. Pride of intellect is a sin. We may begin to glory in ourselves. By all means a Christian may seek to improve his intellect and even become an “intellectual.” It would be a shame to waste this blessing God has given us. Do not forget, however, the Giver of the blessing.

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