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Archive | November, 2010
A Statement from ARI about the Resignation of John McCaskey from Our Board of Directors by Yaron Brook.
The money quotes:
“The substantive issue that Dr. Peikoff raised—whether a person who does not support a central ARI project should sit on the Board”
“ARI presents one, consistent position on each issue that we’re prepared to take a stand on.”
“Contrary to the charges some are making, parting ways with someone from your organization who is not on board with a major project does not constitute censorship, authoritarianism, or being dictatorial.”
“Ayn Rand would not have sought to defend herself against a similar attack. She would have regarded such an attack as contemptible, and an answer to it on her part as a moral sanction of the attackers, implying as it does that their charges are worthy of consideration.”
“I am not as strong as she was.”
Read the rest here: http://www.peikoff.com/peikoff-vs-an-ari-board-member/
The Wall Street Journal on November 5th featured a report on Oklahoma’s referendum to bar foreign and Sharia law from being considered by state courts.
The state chapter of the Counsel of American and Islamic Relations (CAIR), a so-called “civil rights” organization founded with the goal of replacing the Constitution with Sharia law, and an un-indicted co-conspirator in a terrorist funding operation, immediately filed a suit to negative the move (State Question 755), claiming the law violates “freedom of religion” and citing the anti-establishment clause of the First Amendment, and also because it “stigmatized” Muslims.
I wrote this letter to the author of the article, “Oklahoma is Sued over Sharia Ban.”
The Wall Street Journal
Thank you for your thorough and thoughtful report (November 5) on this disturbing development. Reading through the various legal and political opinions and positions cited in your article, I am dismayed by the confusion surrounding the issue of Sharia vs. Constitutional law. What is a clear instance of an organization attempting to subvert the concept of individual rights should be obvious to any American jurist and lawyer, but it appears it is not clear enough. The Constitution was written as a check on government powers, and the First Amendment states that the federal government shall not make any law
“respecting an establishment of religion,” nor impede “the free exercise of religion.” This revolutionary idea is what has prevented the U.S. from emulating or repeating the example of Europe with its past religious strife and wars.
Islamic Sharia law, however, is a barbarous, medieval system of religious law that is also easily translated into a political one. In fact, Sharia does not recognize a separation of church and state, or a separation of mosque and state. The religion is the state and the state is the religion. The legal institutions and legal codes of Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and even Iraq are founded on Sharia law, or the Koran.
Islam and the Koran do not recognize individual rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness. The “free exercise” of Islamic morality largely results in the violation of the rights of especially women and children and as a rule fosters and encourages horrific crimes. The “free exercise” of Islamic morality resulted in the Fort Hood massacre, for example, not to mention numerous “honor” killings in this and other Western countries of women and girls who disobey Islamic practices or neglect to do their Islamic duty. The last thing we would want to do here in America is protect individuals who commit horrific crimes because their actions are consistent with their “religious beliefs.” That claim is nearly tantamount and as evasive a claim as one of “temporary insanity” or a “lapse of reasoning powers.” That claim is not so much a sanction as it is an excuse. And the insanity is Sharia law as practiced among Muslims. Muneer Awad and his superiors at CAIR wish to literally excuse Islam and Muslims from the imposition and enforcement of rational, objective law that protects individual rights.
Nothing, not even a “religious belief,” can morally sanction the violation of an individual’s rights.
I do not know how Muneer Awad of CAIR can assert that Oklahoma’s SQ755 constitutes an “establishment of religion,” unless he is exploiting the common fallacy that this is a “Christian” nation and that its founding documents were based on Christian precepts, and so therefore Oklahoma is “establishing” the Christian religion over the Islamic and is violating the Constitution.
Nothing could be further from the truth, however. While most of the Founders were Christian, they sought to establish a secular government based on secular principles. They understood that individuals had a right to believe what they wished, so long as they did not act to impose their beliefs on others, or to commit crimes under the guise of religious fealty. If a man murdered another man, his motive was irrelevant, whether he was enacting his own interpretation of the Ten Commandments or not.
Awad and CAIR are setting up a Trojan horse with this suit. They are counting on the courts to fall into the religious trap and to either acknowledge (erroneously) that this is a Christian nation and that SQ755 violates the Constitution; or to sanction the notion of “religious belief,” which would allow Muslims to violate individual rights at will.
The courts needn’t fall into that trap. All they need do is uphold the sanctity of individual rights. It is as simple as that. Doing so would undercut any and all pretensions and rationalizations about the “free exercise” of murder, wife-beating, child-marriages, and “honor” killings. I am including here a link to a fascinating video that briefly explicates Islam and Sharia in uncommonly simple terms. I hope you avail yourself of it, although I am assuming that you are well read already on the subject of Islam.
If you write further on this subject, please let me know.
(Author: Sparrowhawk, First Prize, Presence of Mind, We Three Kings, Whisper the Guns, and contributor to Rule of Reason, Capitalism Magazine, Pajamas Media, and Family Security Matters)
Let younger people opt out of the Social Security system…so says the former chairman and CEO of BB&T John Allison. Here is a money quote: “You know, if you look at what killed democracies in the end, it’s always lack of personal responsibility,” said Allison. “And it’s when 51 percent of the people find out they can vote a free lunch from 49 percent, and then 60 percent want a free lunch from 40 percent, and then 70 percent want a free lunch from 30 percent, and that’s the end of the party. “All of this dependency on the federal government ends up attacking and almost punishing personal responsibility,” said Allison. “And America was built on the idea of individuals that are personally responsible and, therefore, have a personal right to control their own lives. And that’s what’s been under attack.”