No Sharia for us!

Hooray!  As a citizen of NC, it looks like I’ll be protected from the scourge of Sharia law, as the NC House has successfully passed a bill on this.  Apparently, our constitution is in real trouble, and only NC Republicans stalwart efforts to pass anti-Sharia laws, etc., can save us:

Bill sponsor Rep. Chris Whitmire, R-Transylvania, disagreed.

“Take it as fact that this is a very, very present threat that must be dealt with,” Whitmire said. “We are making sure that the most fundamental basis on which we exist is protected.”

Rep. John Blust, R-Guilford, disagreed with arguments that the state and federal constitution already protect citizens against foreign law. “I’ve always wanted to depend on our own constitution. But we have seen that document put in, frankly, grave danger,” he said.

“In the United States, there is the Sharia law,” said Blust. “It is fundamentally at odds with U.S. jurisprudence. The two systems cannot be reconciled. Individual rights are not recognized.”

Blust said the “goal” of proponents of Sharia law is to infiltrate other cultures. He said Democrats should be aware of the threat.

“Some of the groups of people that are championed on the progressive side are absolutely trod upon under Sharia,” Blust warned. “For example, homosexuals are stoned. I don’t want to see that creeping here.”

Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Cabarrus, agreed, likening the threat of Sharia law to Pearl Harbor. That comparison is also frequently used by anti-Islamic activist Frank Gaffney at the Center for Security Policy.

Good Lord!!  These people are elected damn representatives and living in some completely alternate reality!  How depressing.  And how embarrassing for the sane Republicans out there (who I’m still waiting to hear speak up).  I love how they are trying to get liberals on board because if we don’t, they’ll be out there stoning gay people on Hillsborough Street before you know it.  I totally accept that there’s plenty of crazies when it comes to politics.  I have a very hard time accepting the fact that they are now writing the laws for my state.  

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

3 Responses to No Sharia for us!

  1. Bob Andron says:

    Here is a vision for you, Steve.

    The Republicans are systematically shooting themselves in the foot, one toe at a time. They are now up to their 18th toe! BUT, this will create jobs because new types of shoes will have to be designed to accommodate this strange masochistic activity of theirs.

    What I find discouraging, if anything, is how stupid they think North Carolinians are. Time will tell.

  2. Mike Barr says:

    After receiving many of those conservative/Tea Party/GOP chain emails, I am extremely pessimistic about the chances that most loyal Republicans will be capable of smelling the BS being pumped out by the GOP. The errors and obvious irrationality of the emails are completely invisible to the recipients, and they create a false reality that makes it easier to accept the next outlandish email message. The most recent one making the rounds talked about the 44 Senate “traitors” who voted to turn over the 2nd Amendment to the UN. The fact that the Senate can’t vote to change the Constitution is lost on this audience while the message that Democrats and liberal are traitors, and not simply political opponents, is the message that sticks. You will have as much success convincing the Republicans in this state that Sharia law is not a realistic threat as you will convincing a Bob Jones university graduate that Jesus didn’t have a pet dinosaur.

  3. Deborah Ferry says:

    Most of those Republican legislators probably have no idea what Sharia law entails. All they know is that it’s Islamic, and therefore, it must be bad.

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