Steve Balich Editors note: The United States is supposed to stand for the rule of law which means U. S. law not foreign or religious. I see violations of Federal Law with such things as Sanctuary Cities, Marijuana, taxes, property rights, and on and on. In Illinois unfunded mandates are not allowed yet they break their own rules consistently. America should not have any no-go Zones or any court using anything except U.S. law. I get why some want Islamic law. However, if the vast majority of a community practice, understand, and live under those rules which are in conflict with U.S. law the question now changes to why are these groups living here when they prefer laws and lifestyle from somewhere else. Everyone in the U.S. must obey U.S. law, move out of the U.S., or end up in jail or pay fines. America is a melting pot where immigrants need to learn and accept the language and culture or leave to a place they fit in. Our law should not accommodate them. Immigrants should assimilate to America if they want to be living in America.
This video is part of “Who’s Afraid of Aymann Ismail?,” a series featuring Slate’s Aymann Ismail confronting fears about Muslims. Follow along on Facebook.
It happened at the Republican National Convention last year, and it’s happened at just about every right-wing protest I’ve covered in the past few years: People tell me Sharia law is coming to America. Muslims secretly want to impose their will on all of us. In fact, there are already “no-go zones” in United States, and we must act now to stop them from spreading.
Where do they think this is happening? In places like Dearborn, Michigan, and Dallas, Texas. Dallas in particular has become a center of anti-Sharia protests, inflamed partly by reports from Fox News, Breitbart, and others that an Islamic court had been established there to decree medieval justice in America. The protests were loud enough that Texas passed a bill last summer to ban “foreign law” from being applied.
Could this rogue Islamic court be real? And what evidence led Texas to act? In the episode above, I travel to the real-life Islamic Tribunal in Arlington, Texas, to ask one of its founding imams what he does there. Then I meet with Texas State Rep. Dan Flynn, a Republican who represents a rural distinct outside Dallas and who sponsored the new legislation. He insists the bill doesn’t target Muslims, but the law’s backstory suggests otherwise.
This series is written and produced by Aymann Ismail and Jeffrey Bloomer, and edited by Aymann Ismail.