The political left in America is blind to the agenda, desires, and reality of Sharia law.
Liberals are literally scoffing at the professed desires of Islamists and jihadi radicals that want to murder in plain daylight hundreds of citizens for drawing a cartoon of the historical person Mohammed.They do so in the aftermath of two jihadis having attempted to carry out just such a plan.
The left does not recognize Sharia as a threat to America.
The New York Times in 2011 wrote:
“The crusade against Shariah undermines American democracy, ignores our country’s successful history of religious tolerance and assimilation, and creates a dangerous divide between America and its fastest-growing religious minority.”
Maxine Waters, the leftist Democrat Congresswoman, attending an Islamic Townhall meeting in Orange County California in 2012 openly criticized 13 states that would seek to pass laws that would ban Sharia law from their jurisdiction. She also openly stated, “anti-Sharia laws are motivated by anti-Muslim bigotry, plain and simple.” A sentiment oft repeated in leftist circles.In 2014 the Jewish lesbian “Rabbi” Robin Nafshi, first identified herself as a person with a wide understanding of various religious and political views and then proceeded to imply that Sharia law could be one hundred percent compatible with the constitutional life of modern day America. She also proceeded to condemn those that would say otherwise:
“The politicians who endorse anti-Sharia laws are exploiting Americans’ legitimate fears of ISIS, al Qaida, Hamas and other extremist groups in order to ostracize and discriminate against the American Muslim community.”
In advance of the second high profile “Draw Mohammed” contest of the past month, I was invited to participate in what has become a weekly panel on America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum. In the conversation I make three inferences and two overt references to the idea that Sharia is gaining acceptance in America. I referred to it by way of “Sharia-creep.”
My opposing pundit, David Goodfriend, formerly a staff secretary for President Bill Clinton took the parting shot of the interview to lecture not only me on the “ridiculous” nature of the idea that Sharia-creep exists, but he also argued that we should be having more discussions about what the actual limits of the first amendment should look like:
“I don’t think you’re doing your side any favors by talking about Shariah creep. That’s just ridiculous. What I do think what’s going on is a healthy debate about the limits of First Amendment and free speech and that’s where we ought to keep it. That’s the American way.”