Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Blog

First there was West Nile Virus, then Swine Flu, now Sharia Islam? If you have been paying attention to the 2012 Republican Presidential primary battle you might believe that the United States was somehow suffering from a pandemic of sorts, with “Sharia Islam” slowly but surely replacing federal law. Already, over 12 states have some form of ban on “Sharia Law” on the books, and now the issue seems to have entered into the Republican Presidential Primary.

Just this week, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (left),  signed a pledge from The “FAMiLY LEADER” – a conservative right wing organization which is strongly pro “traditional marriage”, pro Christian faith, and anti-pornography, and as it turns out, deeply afraid that the Constitution will somehow be replaced by the Quran.

The pledge, entitled “The Marriage Vow – A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family,” was signed by both former Senator Rick Santorum and Congresswomen Michele Bachmann in an effort to win over Iowa Republican primary voters - 6 in 10 of which describe themselves as “born again Christian.” For Bachmann, wining the Presidential primary in Iowa may well be her spring board to capture the nomination. Those inside her campaign hope that winning the Iowa primary will give her the boost needed to take on favorite Mitt Romney in New Hampshire the following week. However, the Iowa and New Hampshire electorate couldn’t be further from each other, and it seems that the Bachmann campaign is going “all –in” in Iowa - running full speed toward the extreme right of the Republican electorate. Whether she will be able to remain electable in the general election should she win the primary remains to be seen.

What is clear at this point is that taking a stand against the incorporation of “Sharia law” into the U.S. legal system is a growing hot button issue for those on the far right of the political spectrum, so much so that we are compelled to ask: Is there a Sharia law pandemic in this country? Or is this simply just more Islamophobia from those on the far right.

From a legal standpoint, there is very little reason to fear that Sharia or any other religious principals or texts will replace federal law. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and that principal is founded in over two hundred years of judicial precedent. Judges and executive branch officials all swear an oath to uphold the Constitution. The excessive levels of anxiety expressed by some on the far right on this issue demonstrate a clear lack of understanding of the tenants of Islam, as well as our legal system - and as if the inherent supremacy of the Constitution were not enough, the 1st Amendment guarantees freedom of speech and of religion. As a corollary to that, the government shall pass no law that elevates any one religion at the expense of others, or even at the expense of those who do not profess such unweathering faith. Ultimately, it seems we have more to fear from those who seek to question the intrinsic supremacy of our founding documents then we do from Sharia.

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