Washington, DC During the Senate confirmation hearings of Elena Kagan as President Obama’s choice for our newest Supreme Court justice, a quick reference was made to “Sharia law,” the Islamic legal code created from the teachings of the Qur’an which is the sacred book of the Muslim faith. Senator Sessions mentioned in his questioning of Ms. Kagan that during her tenure as Dean of Harvard Law School her college accepted a $20 million grant from a Saudi Prince for the creation of a special center to study Sharia law and Islamic history. During that same time at Harvard Ms. Kagan led a protest against the Pentagon’s ”don’t ask – don’t tell” policy – saying it was unfair to homosexuals - yet she didn’t lift a finger to object to the installation of a legal project that was designed to extoll Islam, a religion which demeans woman and in some cases causes them to be executed by stoning for various religious infractions. In 2003 Ms. Kagan personally supervised an “Islamic Finance Project” at Harvard also. By the way, the same Saudi Prince who gave the gift to Harvard had also commented that 9/11 was the fault of America because of its bad foreign policy. Is this Harvard example just a quirk? Sadly not. Last year President Obama selected Harold Koh to be the chief legal advisor at the State Department. Koh had written that Sharia law could well be used by American courts in disputes involving Muslims. Great Britain is already using Sharia law in family law cases where the parties request it.
But this is all part of a larger problem in America, where ironically, following 9/11 the tendancy of Americans to be fair-minded has been exploited to the point where Islam has now been given a kind of special cultural zone of super-protection, not available to other faiths, especially Christianity. A month after 9/11 the society of American journalists issued guidelines to reporters, telling them to avoid coupling the words “Islamic” or “Muslim” with the word “terrorist.” The Obama Administration has studiously avoided mentioning any form of Islamic terrorism. And when an Islamic U.S. soldier murdered 13 Americans in the name of Allah at Ft. Hood, authorities and the media avoided any mention of his obvious Jihadist motivation for the killings. This has led the Wall Street Journal in November of 2009 to state that some segments in the United States seem to be growing “derange[d]” when it comes to “all matters involving terrorism and Muslim sensitivities.”
In our new novel Edge of Apocalypse which gives a futuristic view of America, a Bible-preaching pastor is arrested and charged criminally for publicly denouncing Islam. While we pray against it, this scenario may sadly be an all too accurate prediction: an America where historic Christianity is held captive to an ever-enlarging Islamic presence.
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