This past weekend, Act for America, an anti-Islam group that is said to have connections to President Trump, held protests around the country in opposition to Sharia law. They were outnumbered by counter-protesters.
From the Act for America website:
We, at ACT for America, are committed to protecting women and children from Sharia Law and its impact on Muslim women and children including honor killing and Female Genital Mutilation. We must ensure that every woman and child enjoy the protection afforded by the U.S. Constitution.
Here’s something from the Constitution this group has ignored: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Both honor killing and female genital mutilation are covered by existing laws, the latter under laws against assault, battery or child abuse, and the former under laws covering murder, including 18 U.S. Code § 1111.
If a Muslim engages in non-violent or non-coercive behavior in his or her own home or mosque, it is none of Act for America’s business.
Steve Chapman makes a good point:
If for instance, a Muslim man marries a Muslim woman and then tries to divorce her by saying “I divorce you” three times, in accordance with Shariah, he will find he’s wasted his breath. State marriage law will govern in Kansas just as it has in other states when it conflicts with the dictates of Islam…
If a Muslim-owned company wants to lend or borrow money in accordance with the Islamic ban on interest, its choice should likewise be respected. If a Muslim wants to allocate his estate according to Islamic rules, what’s it to you? Outlawing such accommodation for Islam would illegally discriminate against one religion.
Act for America makes it sound like Sharia is a codified legal system. It’s nothing of the sort. It’s a collection of religious and legal texts and is interpreted and practiced in a wide variety of ways by Muslims. It’s similar to a Christian saying he lives his life “in accordance with Jesus Christ.”
Act for America is not primarily concerned with the practice of female genital mutilation or honor killings. The organization is opposed to Islam—in other words, an organization comprised of religious bigots on par with the religiously intolerant Know-Nothing Party or the Ku Klux Klan.