David Yerushalmi, leading legal mind on sharia in America and my lawfare attorney, responded in a letter to the editor. The intellectual terrorists over at The Times wouldn't publish it, of course. That would violate ..... the blasphemy laws under the sharia.
Dear Letters Editor:
Eliyahu Stern’s oped of September 2 entitled, “Don’t Fear Islamic Law in America,” has its facts wrong—both contemporary and historical.
First, Tennessee’s law as passed made no reference to sharia.
Second, the historical comparison between the response to sharia in this country and Europe’s objection to Jewish law centuries earlier is a result of poor scholarship and faulty logic. Jewish law, certainly since the destruction of the Jewish Commonwealth almost two thousand years ago, has had nothing to do with political power or the desire to effect dominion over another people. Christian Europe’s complaint against Jewish law was based on the inability and unwillingness of traditional Orthodox Jews to embrace the Enlightenment’s beckoning toward secularism.
To the contrary, the opposition to sharia is the fact that throughout the Muslim world, sharia is the call to an exclusive Islamic political power with hegemonic designs (see the two most prominent surveys cited here: http://mappingsharia.com/?page_id=425). The war doctrine of jihad is part and parcel of sharia. It is alive and well as such throughout the Muslim world.
Indeed, the good professor implicitly recognizes that in the Muslim world large majorities respond to surveys embracing sharia as a legal-political regime for Muslims and call for capital punishment for apostasy (i.e., religious choice) and blasphemy (i.e., free speech). He tells us that American Muslims will fix whatever problems exist in sharia because they are part of “America’s exceptionalism.” The problem with this sanguine prediction, however, is that the professor and those of this mind refuse to even acknowledge what sharia is in the Muslim world. Thus, we are told there is no such thing as sharia as a legal-political-military doctrine—and that those of us who raise the issue of sharia’s threat to Western liberty are Islamophobes and bigots. When you blind yourself to a threat, you are not likely to confront it or reform it.