April 7, 2011 Columbia, MO By: David Rosman
“Does the law mean they can put an Imam in jail for certifying meat is Halal [Islamic dietary laws] since that label would have a legal meaning?”
The question came from one of my LinkedIn readers. He was referring to Oklahoma’s November 2010 State Question 755.
“This measure amends the [Oklahoma] State Constitution. It changes a section that deals with the courts of this state. It makes courts rely on federal and state law when deciding cases. It forbids courts from considering or using international law. It forbids courts from considering or using Sharia Law.”
SQ-755 passed with 70 percent of voting Oklahomans approving the amendment on November 2, 2010, only to be blocked by the courts on November 29. Why? Because the U.S. District Court of Oklahoma believed that the people of Oklahoma voted for a law that is discriminatory as well as violating the First Amendment of the Constitution, focusing on a single religious denomination. It is now heading for the Court of Appeals.
Let me extend my friend’s question. How about Islamic weddings? Will courts void marriages that take place in a mosque under Sharia law? Or refuse to grant a divorce because the marriage?
Missouri is attempting to pass a similar resolution, wanting to take essentially the same language to the people of the Show-Me State. (For more information, see the Columbia Missourian.)
As an American, I find the thought of such amendments to state or federal constitutions appalling and absolutely contrary to our Constitution. American Christians should be ashamed that they are being associated with those who are so hateful towards the beliefs of others, especially Muslims.
I believe that these and other actions by tea party anarchists are attacks on the Constitution and the founding principles of our great country, the principle of E Pluribus Unum. For example, Utah wants to mint its own coinage.
The Financial Times and the Washington Times report that Utah’s HB 317 would allow silver and gold coinage to be used as legal tender and asks the state legislature’s “Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee to study the possibility of establishing an alternative form of legal tender.” In other words, to mint coinage legal in only Utah.
This bill has passed the House and Senate, and is waiting for Governor Gary Herbert’s signature. At this time, he has not decided what to do. My advice – use your Veto Pen.
The reasoning according to Jeffery Bell, the director of American Principles in Action, is to open the debate on federal monetary practices. APIA is a political action committee whose purpose is “to return our nation to an understanding that governance via these timeless principles will only strengthen us as a country.”
A note: APIA was a major mover in the Utah legislation.
Unfortunately, APIA does not quote the United States Constitution as their guiding principles, but the Declaration of Independence, which is not a governing document. Their mission is based on “the notion that we are all, ‘created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’” I love it when anarchists quote Thomas Jefferson when convenient, but chastise him for being a deist.
In this regard, APIA wants the United States to return to the gold standard, starting with Utah. By the way, the Constitution nor the Declaration talk about a gold or silver monetary standard.
William Cronon, the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison is an outspoken man. Cronon is an intellectual, author, researcher and Republican. He is also a critic of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and the deputy director of the Wisconsin Republican Party, Stephen Thompson. So much so that he started his own blog, Scholar as Citizen, in which he writes some scathing commentaries about the state’s new labor laws. On March 21, Cronon’s commentary was found in the New York Times op-ed pages. It was “the straw” for Walker and Thompson.
However, instead of creating a new sedition act that would only be shot down by the Supreme Court, the Wisconsin Republican Party wants to read all of Cronon’s university emails for the last two years through a freedom of information request.
Now, I strongly support the idea of government transparency, but this is an intimidation tactic against one man by a political party based on his protests against the government. An action permitted by the First Amendment. This is nothing more than a wild goose chase to find something, anything, critical of Cronon.
This list of anarchy goes on, from federal to local government, all attacking and circumventing the U.S. Constitution through fear, intimidation and legislation. All attempting to destroy the very Constitution legislators have taken an oath to protect. The attacks are coming from within. To quote the greatest political philosopher of the 20th Century, Pogo, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
Paul Fanlund, Editor of Madison’s The Capital Times said it best in his March 28 editorial. “Just how big is this anti-intellectual tea party base that the state Republican Party feels it needs to satiate?” How big is the tea party anarchist movement that allows it to kill that which is so precious to Americans and the world, the Constitution of the United States?
I implore you not to think of these people as patriots, but as agitators of anarchy, a new level of domestic terrorists. They say that are supporting the Constitution when they are in fact trying to kill it from within.