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Crime and Punishment

Author: Mohamad Bazzi, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
August 10, 2012
New York Times


In recent years, America has succumbed to a peculiar form of Shariah-phobia. According to this narrative, covert jihadis are working to usurp the law of the land and replace it with Islamic rule. A caliphate will rise on the ashes of the Constitution, Americans will be forced to pray in mosques and judges will mete out stonings and amputations. "Stealth jihadis use political, cultural, societal, religious, intellectual tools; violent jihadis use violence," Newt Gingrich told the American Enterprise Institute in July 2010. "But in fact they're both engaged in jihad, and they're both seeking to impose the same end state, which is to replace Western civilization with a radical imposition of Shariah." During the Republican presidential primaries, every candidate weighed in on the Shariah threat. In November 2010, Oklahoma voters approved a constitutional amendment banning the use of Islamic law in court. A federal appeals court blocked the amendment, but more than two dozen other states have considered legislation to restrict judges from consulting foreign and religious laws.

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