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Sharia Law and the Bill of Rights – Part 7

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Islam Bill of RightsToday we are going to finish this series on Sharia Law and the Bill of Rights. This series is based upon two broadcasts the Shahram Hadian and I did on American Family Radio on why Islam is an enemy to our legal system here in North America. We have laws the protect the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the freedom to peaceably assemble, and the freedom to petition our government for redress of grievances. It is called the First Amendment in our Bill of Rights. We have been looking at how Islamic law violates these essential freedoms.

When these things are taken away from the people we no longer have a free society. We have looked at their goals from their own documents and we have see that taking away these freedoms is exactly what Islam wants to do. We have seen that there are Muslims in this country who are fighting to take these freedoms from us because they see freedom as an enemy of Islam.

Today I want us to look at how Islamic law would infringe upon the rights of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for redress. We will see that these freedoms are also incompatible with Islam.

One of the best examples of this is the Pact of Umar. When he conquered the then Christian nation of Syria he did not lift their heads from their shoulders. He allowed them to remain Christians, but look at the conditions he required of them.

“ We will not erect in our city or the suburbs any new monastery, church, cell or hermitage; that we will not repair any of such buildings that may fall into ruins, or renew those that may be situated in the Muslim quarters of the town; that we will not refuse the Muslims entry into our churches either by night or by day; …..

We will not display the cross upon our churches or display our crosses or our sacred books in the streets of the Muslims, or in their market-places; that we will strike the clappers in our churches lightly [wooden rattles or bells summoned the people to church or synagogue]; that we will not recite our services in a loud voice when a Muslim is present; that we will not carry Palm branches [on Palm Sunday] or our images in procession in the streets; that at the burial of our dead we will not chant loudly or carry lighted candles in the streets of the Muslims or their market places….

All this we promise to observe, on behalf of ourselves and our co-religionists, and receive protection from you in exchange; and if we violate any of the conditions of this agreement, then we forfeit your protection and you are at liberty to treat us as enemies and rebels.”

In other words they gave the Christians the right to assemble as long is it followed the rules set down by this pact. You can see that it stopped all but the most quiet practices of Christianity. They were not even allowed to preach in a loud voice for fear that some Muslim might happen to be close enough to hear.

Muslims demand their rights when they are in other countries, but refused them to Christians in there own nations. We see this here in America as the Muslims protest our right to express ourselves in accordance with the First Amendment and demand their rights under the First Amendment.

Under Sharia Law you have no right to petition the government because the government is run by the clerics and to criticize the government is to criticize Allah.

Let’s take a look at Christianity and the Bill of Rights. You can find support in the teachings of Christianity for every point in the First Amendment.

The apostle’s examples in the New Testament display the right to peaceably assemble.

And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. Acts 5:12

The story of Ester is a great example of petitioning the government for redress.

Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom. And Esther answered, If it seem good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him. Esther 5:3-4

The principles of the First Amendment are the principles that led to the founding of America. I remind you that the Declaration of Independence had 27 grievances in it. These grievances had been taken to the King and he had rejected them. This is why this right was guaranteed to the citizens of America.

From these things we can see that Islam is in opposition to the principles upon which this nation was founded. We are at war with Islam, not because we choose to be so, but because Islam has declared war on us and our founding principles. We must stand up against their efforts to destroy us and our principles.

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