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6 months ago Newsweek took a poll asking this question:
"Some people have alleged that Barack Obama sympathizes with the goals of Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world. From what you know about Obama, what is your opinion of these allegations?"
The top-line result was definitely true 7%, probably true 24%, probably not true 36%, and definitely not true 25%. Among Republicans, however, it was definitely true 14%, probably true 38%, probably not true 33%, and definitely not true 7%.
52% of Republicans polled less than 6 months ago think that Barack Obama sympathizes with Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world.
"Do you think Obama favors the interests of Muslim Americans over other groups of Americans, or do you think he has generally been even-handed?"
Republicans said that Obama favors Muslims by 59%-34%, Democrats said he has been even-handed by 82%-9%, and independents pretty much matched the top-line, saying he has been even-handed by 62%-28%.
November, 2010, Oklahoma...
Oklahoma.... approved a ballot measure blocking judges from considering Islamic or international law when making a ruling.
Nearly 70 percent of voters in the state cast ballots approving the measure.
Celebrity Republican, Newt Gingrich.....
“I am opposed to any efforts to impose Sharia in the United States.”
“We should have a federal law that says under no circumstances in any jurisdiction in the United States will Sharia [law] be used in any court to apply to any judgment made about American law,” Gingrich said.
All of this despite the fact that there is not one shred of evidence that the .6% Muslim population in the U.S. wants to impose sharia law, Islamic law, inside America. It is purely a hoax, primarily ginned up with one eye on Barack Obama's 4 or 5 years as a child in Indonesia, where the Islamic faith is the majority one.
Sharia law is Islamic religious law. Religious law, no matter the religion, is always superceded in the U.S. by civil law,....secular, constitutional law.
However, if you want to see the results of religious law superceding civil law in a society, there's a very recent example......you'll want to review this story.....
A 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police.....
Read that line again.
The letter undermines persistent Vatican claims, particularly when seeking to defend itself in U.S. lawsuits, that Rome never instructed local bishops to withhold evidence or suspicion of crimes from police. It instead emphasizes the church's right to handle all child-abuse allegations and determine punishments in house rather than give that power to civil authorities.
For today's purposes...here's the money quotes...
...the late Archbishop Luciano Storero's letter instructs Irish bishops that their new policy of making the reporting of suspected crimes mandatory "gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and canonical nature."
Storero wrote that canon law, which required abuse allegations and punishments to be handled within the church, "must be meticulously followed." Any bishops who tried to impose punishments outside the confines of canon law would face the "highly embarrassing" position of having their actions overturned on appeal in Rome, he wrote.
This account of the leaders of Christianity's largest denomination placing Catholic law over civil law comes out of Ireland. But, "canon law" changes not from country to country. American cardinals, bishops and priests all operate under the same Roman Church dictates.
Because of "canon law", Catholic Church leaders conspired to withhold evidence from civil law enforcement authorities, evidence which included knowledge of numerous child rape cases which their own employees had conducted. That happened here in America....and as we've seen in the Irish and Belgium cases.....around the globe.
Not Sharia law....."canon law". A Roman Catholic set of "moral" guidelines, which, obviously, is meant to be followed by all it's employees.....regardless of what civil law mandates.
Republicans who have been oh-so-worried about a new threat of sharia or Islamic law superceding our own U.S. law.....have been looking in the wrong place. Religious..."canon"...law has been hiding in plain sight right here in America for decades.
Now there's indisputable proof that the Vatican instructed their employees to coverup reports of child abuse by their own priests. The Vatican declared.....and Church employees obeyed.....religious law, conspiring in the process to coverup a RICO style child rape ring. Civil law, on the other hand, was purposely disregarded.....which is, in itself, a direct and premeditated violation of civil law.
Which leads me to this claim: Until law enforcement personnel, judges and district and federal attorneys prosecute the Catholic Church organization for conspiring to supercede U.S. law in a massive coverup of their own employee's crimes against children......religious law, the kind Oklahomans are so afraid of.......is already superceding civil law in American society.