Our Women Are Not Dinner Plates

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Penned by Paul R. Hollrah - (1/16/12)

On November 2, 2010, the people of Oklahoma were asked to decide a very important question.  They were asked to decide whether or not the state’s courts should be directed to rely solely on federal and state law, or whether other bodies of law… international law, laws of other nations, or Sharia law… could also be used.  State Question 755, amending Article 7, Section 1 of the Oklahoma Constitution, declared that, “The courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures.  Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia law.”

When all the votes were counted, 695,650 Oklahomans (70.08%) voted to live under existing federal and state law, while 296,944 voters (29.92%)… liberal Democrats, Muslims, deceased persons, and a few trouble-makers who sneaked across the border from Texas and Arkansas… voted to live under whatever legal code happened to be the “flavor of the day.”

Just two days later, on November 4, local Muslims filed suit in federal court, seeking to block implementation of the measure.  The suit was filed by Muneer Awad (of the Oklahoma Awads), executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma, who expressed the view that the people of Oklahoma had no right to decide the parameters of the constitution under which they live and that the amendment, approved by 70.08% of the Oklahoma electorate, was… unconstitutional.  Awad argued that the amendment tramples the “free exercise” rights of a disfavored minority faith (it does not), restricts the ability of he and his fellow Muslims to execute valid wills (it does not), and prohibits equal access to the judicial system (it does not).

The lawsuit further asserted that the Oklahoma amendment “undercuts a central concern of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, sending an unmistakable message that Muslims are religious and political outsiders.”  If Muslims are religious and political outsiders, as Awad suggests, there must be a reason.  Let’s look at the record.

On November 15, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI called on all Muslim countries to protect Christians living among them.  He also called upon Christians and Muslims to show mutual respect toward each other.  Since that date, the Pope has issued numerous appeals for reciprocity, calling upon Muslims to respect the right of Christians to worship freely throughout the Muslim world, just as Muslims enjoy religious freedom in majority Christian nations.  So what impact has the Pope had on slowing the progress of Islamic jihad?   

In a report published on November 26, 2010, Khaled Abu Toameh, West Bank and Gaza correspondent for U.S. News & World Report, described recent incidents of genocide against Middle East Christians.  The report tells us that, “Christians in Arab countries are no longer being persecuted; they are now being slaughtered and driven out of their homes and lands.” 

On Christmas Day, 2011, a radical Islamist group calling itself Boko Haram… which translates to “Western education is a sin”… bombed a Christian church in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, killing 43 and injuring many more.  The Jewish World Review reports that a Boko Haram leader, Abdul Qaqa, gave Christians in northern Nigeria three days to pack up and leave the country.

In 2010, 52 Catholics were slaughtered at a church in Baghdad.  The Chaldean archbishop of Kirkuk is quoted as saying that 57 Christian churches in Iraq have been attacked since 2003.  More than 900 Christians have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded.  In April 2011, 1,000 Christians were slaughtered by Muslim troops in Ivory Coast.  And in October 2011, in Egypt, 24 Coptic Christians were killed and more than 200 were wounded by radical Islamists. 

These are but a few examples of the atrocities suffered by Christians in the Muslim world.  And while they represent an indescribable horror for those directly affected, they may also represent a long overdue and much needed wake-up call for the non-Muslim world if they help us to finally see Islam for what it is… and what it is not.  Hopefully, acts of genocide against Christians in Muslim nations will finally serve to convince westerners that Islam and Christianity cannot coexist, side-by-side, unless Christians yield to the demands of radical Islam. 

Those who worry that restrictions on Sharia Law… such as Oklahoma SQ 755… may conflict with 1st Amendment rights, must understand that the 1st Amendment prohibits the “establishment of a religion.”  Islam is not a “religion” as we in the West understand the meaning of the term and it cannot be viewed as such.  It is far more than that; it is a social, political, legal, military, and economic system with a spiritual component. 

As such, it is governed by and may come into conflict with Articles I, II, III, and IV of the U.S. Constitution, and at least 14 of the 27 amendments.  In fact, as an invading force that attempts to impose its 7th century values on an enlightened 21st century world, in any way possible, violent or non-violent, there is very little in Islam that would not conflict with the U.S. Constitution and its amendments.  Without its religious component, which Muslims conveniently hide behind when claiming 1st Amendment protections, Islam would be just another hate group, a foreign political insurgency that must be defeated, no matter what the cost. 

We in the United States have developed social, political, and economic institutions that are the envy of the entire world, and Islam is the last place we would look for guidance in perfecting our Western civilization.  No help is wanted, or needed, thank you very much. 

Like most Europeans of the post-World War II era, many Americans have succumbed to the fiction that Islam is a “religion of peace” and that worldwide jihad is merely a pipedream of the radical few.  However, the truth lies elsewhere.  As one Muslim caller to a radio talk show put it, “The liberal (peace-loving) Muslims are on the bus… but the crazies are driving the bus.”  Only when so-called “moderate” Muslims show a bit of courage by unmasking the radicals in their midst will any sort of accommodation be possible.  Until then, Muslims will increasingly be seen as a “disfavored minority faith,” as Mr. Awad refers to them. 

In Islamic countries, Christians and Jews are prohibited from practicing their religion freely and openly.  Fair enough.  So I’ll pledge to accept their petty little demands on the same day that Christians, Jews, and everyone else are allowed complete religious freedom in all of the nations of the Islamic world, but not before.  The litmus test for Islam as a “religion of peace” will be the day when Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and all other non-Muslims are free to visit Mecca; and when churches, temples, and synagogues can be built throughout the Muslim world.  Until then, Islam must be viewed, not as the world’s largest religious denomination, but as a primitive alien culture that has not evolved appreciably beyond its seventh-century roots. 

Complete reciprocity is the standard that must be met… nothing more, nothing less.

On November 30, 2010, Federal District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange handed down a decision in the Oklahoma SQ 755 case, barring the Oklahoma State Election Board from certifying the results of the election until she could prepare a final ruling. 

Because the people of Oklahoma have made “no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” the Awad suit is totally without merit.  To the contrary, the amendment approved on November 2 served only to reinforce the 1st Amendment in that, like it or not, it prohibits the “establishment of religion” for a small minority of Oklahoma citizens.  As might be expected, Judge Miles-LaGrange got it exactly backwards.  (Appointed to the bench by Bill Clinton in 1994, Judge Miles-LaGrange provides just one more horrible example of why we cannot trust Democrat presidents to appoint capable and competent judges to the federal bench.)

Finally, on January 11, 2012, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver agreed with Judge Miles-LaGrange, upholding her injunction against the implementation of Oklahoma SQ 755.  The case now goes back to federal court in Oklahoma City for a decision on the question of constitutionality.

Depending on the outcome of the trial in Oklahoma City, and the anticipated appeal to the 10th Circuit, the people of Oklahoma may have to play the game a bit longer by appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.  But if by some chance a majority of justices would find some merit in the lower court decisions, striking down State Question 755, then it will become necessary for Oklahoma to stand on its 10th Amendment rights by engaging in nullification.  Governor Fallin and Attorney General Pruitt will have to inform the federal courts that the people of Oklahoma are sovereign and that they have spoken.  State Question 755 will become part of the Oklahoma constitution and it will be enforced, the opinion of the federal courts notwithstanding.

In a recent interview, a Muslim in Bahrain admitted to having shot his sister in the head four times because she had been forcibly raped.  Although she was the victim of a brutal assault, her violation had brought shame upon her family.  As the brother explained, in Islam, a woman who has been violated is much like a broken dinner plate that must be thrown away; she is no longer of any use and it’s best to discard her so that she can bring no further shame to the family. 

It’s time that Mr. Awad and all of his Muslim friends understood that, in Oklahoma, all human lives are valued equally, regardless of gender, and that our women are not like “dinner plates.”  And if he and his CAIR associates don’t like the way we do things; if they refuse to recognize that Sharia law is incompatible with Oklahoma values, then we have a few suggestions for them… and we’ll give them more than three days to pack up and leave; we’ll give them at least a week.

Paul R. Hollrah


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  • It seems to me that even if Cynthia H is not a lawyer she know more about law than most lawyers or even our president. And I know others here have a good understanding of it also. There might be laws about using a foreign law in this country but muslims are using it a a religious law that they live by and by doing so have found a way to get around our constitutional laws. Islam is not a religion, it is a political ideology and a government that controls all aspects of a persons life and by allowing sharia law into our court system even though we are not muslims we will be forced to abide by their sick ways of life even if we don't want to. They know that they are not strong enough to fight us so they are using financial jihah by suing everyone to get what they want and slowly introducing islam into our schools and businesses. America is slowly waking up to the dangers of sharia but we need more to speak up like Peter King and Allen West have.

    First thing we need to do is get rid of obama and CAIR and other traitors then get the MSA and other islamic groups out of our colleges. And then Americans need to join together and start suing them like they are us, two can play that game..

    • Keith, we also need to take our schools back from the federal government and their "diversity" indoctrination system.  We need conservative people to run for school board seats in every school district in this country if we are to succeed. I am running in my local school board elections because I want to see things change and can't get it done sitting on the sidelines. Too many board members rubber stamp whatever comes from the state or federal govenment instead of fighting for local control. As long as our children are indoctrinated instead of educated we don't have a chance of a future of freedom. We also have to take control of our local political party organizations to change from the bottom up. Washington insiders run the republicrat party and that has to change. Again, that change has to come from local conservative people getting involved.

  • I am not a lawyer, but:

    1.  The Constitution forbids "the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."  This is frequently cited as preventing treating one religious group differently than others under the law.

    2.  Shari'a law treats one religious group (Islamics) differently than others (non-Islamics).

    3.  Therefore Shari'a law is unconstitutional and cannot be used as a basis for United States law.

    QED.

    • Cynthia, don't feel bad about not being a lawyer. It seems the judges aren't either. That or they either don't understand or don't believe in the Constitution. I'm thinking it is the latter.

      • Plus if they are lawyers then you know that they dont tell the truth to start with.. Just look at what Harry Reid is doing to the country..

        • I was informed lawyers don't study the Constitution -- only case law.  We have regular always been civilian members of this and many other Patriotic sites, We have a whole bunch of vets, and wouldn't surprise me if some active duty members.  We have doctors, surly somewhere there has to be someone who has studied Constitutional law, and not just case law.  Look at BHO he was a lawyer and I heard so was MO  But I also heard that they BOTH lost their law license.  Anyone know the facts about this?  BUT if we could find someone WHO DOES KNOW THE LAW -- CONSTITUTIONAL LAW -- it could be a big help!!

  • good job... totally in agreement if they don't like it, they can pack  their camel and head right back where they came from.

    end of story

  • Even if islam didn't cover up women from head to toe, it is still pure evil and needs to be squashed in America, a Christian Nation. And it is not radical muslims that are threatening our way of life, it is just muslims period.

     

    Muslims

    This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to finish and send it on to anyone who will read it. Maybe this is why our American Muslims are so quiet and not speaking out about any atrocities. Can a good Muslim be a good American? This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years. The following is his reply:

    Theologically - no . . . Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon God of Arabia

    Religiously - no. . . Because no other religion is accepted by His Allah except Islam (Quran, 2:256)(Koran)

    Scripturally - no. . . Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Quran.

    Geographically - no . Because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he turns in prayer five times a day.

    Socially - no. . . Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews..

    Politically - no. . . Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America , the great Satan.

    Domestically - no. . Because he is instructed to marry four Women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34)

    Intellectually - no. . Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.

    Philosophically - no. . . Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not allow freedom of religion and expression.. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

    Spiritually - no. . . Because when we declare 'one nation under God,' the Christian's God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in The Quran's 99 excellent names.

    Therefore, after much study and deliberation....
    Perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS
    in this country. - - - They obviously cannot be both
    'good' Muslims and good Americans.

    Call it what you wish, it's still the truth. You had better believe it. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future. The religious war is bigger than we know or understand.

    Can a muslim be a good soldier???

    Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, opened fire at Ft. Hood and Killed 13. He is a good Muslim!!!

     

    This is not mine, I am just using it because it is true.

    • Hi Keith! After finding that only two people wants to stand up for the ideals of America. In the replies that i've published here. I believe that even this remarkable finding you published will go un-noticed, or headed. We are a sorry nation! Even kicking our our God of Creation! Or vets are less braver than girl scouts! But i would still appreciate you sending me a copy of this to my email. lbiggar@yahoo.com As long as the american vets and public have m-tv, sports channels and sorry liberal politicians. With their give me programs. They are happy. But wait till our oil, food and electricity gets cut off. Maybe then they may wake up. But by then it will be too late! Obummer and his Marxist commies will have completely taken over. When i was serving, i would have never believed that we'd become a pinko, commie nation that we have become! Respectful, Larry

      • Larry, don't be so quick to sell our veterans short. That is an insult to all of us who served, and more of an insult to those of us who are doing more than just posting here. I don't post on every item I see here or any other site and I know others that read only and very rarely post but are staunch patriots.

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