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August 26, 2011
Del. Ron George ("Sharia law is real threat to American liberties," Aug 24) obviously failed to grasp the meaning in the opposition to anti-Sharia movements. Hardly anybody wants Sharia law in America, which, if it were implemented, would indeed be detrimental to our way of life - just like Christian or Jewish law has no place in a secular democracy. The issue is not that we should permit Sharia law, but that there is no Sharia law in American jurisprudence, and that our Constitution wouldn't allow it under the separation of church and state.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 5, 2013
It should've been the shot heard around the world. Chances are, you didn't hear it. An ominous sort of history was made last week near Austin, Texas, but it seems to have largely escaped notice. There was some media coverage, yes, but less than, say, Lindsay Lohan's latest stint in rehab, certainly less than you'd think for something whose ramifications will likely shadow us for years. On May 2, you see, a group called Defense Distributed, led by law student and self-described anarchist Cody Wilson, accomplished what was apparently the first successful firing of a gun "printed" entirely by a 3-D printer.
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NEWS
August 29, 2011
Del. Ron George, in his naive anti-Sharia diatribe ("Sharia law is a real threat to American liberties," Aug. 24), seems to overlook the obvious remedy - the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Since Mr. George, surprisingly an actual member of the Maryland House of Delegates, claims to be one of those "who seek to safeguard liberty," he might want to check out the document that our founders wrote for this very purpose and be reassured that there is absolutely no way Sharia law or any other religious dogma could ever be recognized as having a legal basis in America.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
It seems odd that the voice for a "no" vote on Question 6 should be that of a Virginia legislator, but even stranger is his argument against Question 6 ("Vote no to immorality," Oct. 27). Virginia Del. Bob Marshall argues that Christian theology should govern this country. If he would object to Sharia law being imposed on us, he should be just a vigorous in objecting to Halacha (Jewish religious law), or strict Catholicism, Calvinism, or Confucianism. This is a secular nation, decidedly not a Christian theocracy.
NEWS
August 24, 2011
Your editorial dismissing the anti-Sharia law movement as "bigotry" was both troubling and misinformed ("Fueling anti-Islamic fears," Aug.8). It is the large parts of the Sharia code itself that are bigoted, not its opponents. Sharia is both the acknowledged goal and threat doctrine of jihadist terrorist organizations such as al-Qaida, the Taliban, Hamas and Hezbollah. Sharia is the exclusive law of the land in three countries: Saudi Arabia, Iran and Sudan, all nations that both support jihadist terrorism and have human rights records that are among the world's worst.
EXPLORE
November 15, 2011
And so it begins. Sharia law making its way into our culture, nibble by nibble, bite by bite until one day we wake up and realize that our American way of life has been destroyed and overtaken by another culture. Shehlla Khan, a Muslim Howard County resident, complained that she was concerned about people watching her swim in the conservative, cover-all dress required by Islamic dress codes, and thinking: "What's wrong? Why can't you take it off?" First of all, how does Ms. Khan know what others are thinking?
NEWS
August 28, 2011
Del. Ron George from Annapolis objects to those who make light of the anti-Sharia movement in the U.S. ("Sharia law is a real threat to American liberties," Aug. 24.) He argues that imposing Sharia law is the stated goal of Islamic extremists like al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban and Hamas. He may be right, but how does that lead to the conclusion that we in the U.S. are threatened by the imposition of Sharia law in this country? As a Republican, Delegate George surely doesn't believe that the Taliban, al-Qaida, Hamas or Hezbollah are poised to overrun us and establish Sharia law here by force.
NEWS
August 25, 2011
Once again the Republicans are telling stories meant to frighten little children. Adults know better. Del. Ron George from Anne Arundel County states that we need to worry about Sharia law. And how does he think this threat will materialize? Who in the U.S. favors such laws? What politician has even hinted that they favor such a change? Only eight Muslim majority countries out of 40 (Mr. George cites only three) have such a legal structure. And we are hardly a Muslim country. Our Muslim population is sixth-tenths of one percent of the total.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | July 19, 2011
When GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is talking about the economy, he usually makes sense. Unfortunately for Cain, he prefers to talk about Muslims - and then he makes no sense at all.  Cain, this weekend, reprised this favorite topic of his in an interview with Fox News and made the argument that governments have the right to ban mosques (even though such a ban is specifically disallowed by the First Amendment).  But Cain's strange Muslim statements are nothing new. Sometimes he wants to ban Muslims from his cabinet.
EXPLORE
December 5, 2011
I concur with the general sentiment of Will Placek's letter, "Creeping Sharia is bound to choke off our freedoms. " Perhaps Sharia will not choke off all our freedoms, but most definitely our granddaughter's freedoms will be decreased. The more Sharia law, with its religiously prescribed second-class status and accompanying separateness, influences our society, the more future generations of women will gradually lose their hard-won feminist freedoms. This brings me to my question: When it comes to two pieties, worshipped in our modern society - feminism and multiculturalism - which one holds the trump card?
EXPLORE
December 5, 2011
I concur with the general sentiment of Will Placek's letter, "Creeping Sharia is bound to choke off our freedoms. " Perhaps Sharia will not choke off all our freedoms, but most definitely our granddaughter's freedoms will be decreased. The more Sharia law, with its religiously prescribed second-class status and accompanying separateness, influences our society, the more future generations of women will gradually lose their hard-won feminist freedoms. This brings me to my question: When it comes to two pieties, worshipped in our modern society - feminism and multiculturalism - which one holds the trump card?
EXPLORE
November 15, 2011
And so it begins. Sharia law making its way into our culture, nibble by nibble, bite by bite until one day we wake up and realize that our American way of life has been destroyed and overtaken by another culture. Shehlla Khan, a Muslim Howard County resident, complained that she was concerned about people watching her swim in the conservative, cover-all dress required by Islamic dress codes, and thinking: "What's wrong? Why can't you take it off?" First of all, how does Ms. Khan know what others are thinking?
NEWS
August 29, 2011
Del. Ron George, in his naive anti-Sharia diatribe ("Sharia law is a real threat to American liberties," Aug. 24), seems to overlook the obvious remedy - the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Since Mr. George, surprisingly an actual member of the Maryland House of Delegates, claims to be one of those "who seek to safeguard liberty," he might want to check out the document that our founders wrote for this very purpose and be reassured that there is absolutely no way Sharia law or any other religious dogma could ever be recognized as having a legal basis in America.
NEWS
August 28, 2011
Del. Ron George from Annapolis objects to those who make light of the anti-Sharia movement in the U.S. ("Sharia law is a real threat to American liberties," Aug. 24.) He argues that imposing Sharia law is the stated goal of Islamic extremists like al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban and Hamas. He may be right, but how does that lead to the conclusion that we in the U.S. are threatened by the imposition of Sharia law in this country? As a Republican, Delegate George surely doesn't believe that the Taliban, al-Qaida, Hamas or Hezbollah are poised to overrun us and establish Sharia law here by force.
NEWS
August 26, 2011
Del. Ron George ("Sharia law is real threat to American liberties," Aug 24) obviously failed to grasp the meaning in the opposition to anti-Sharia movements. Hardly anybody wants Sharia law in America, which, if it were implemented, would indeed be detrimental to our way of life - just like Christian or Jewish law has no place in a secular democracy. The issue is not that we should permit Sharia law, but that there is no Sharia law in American jurisprudence, and that our Constitution wouldn't allow it under the separation of church and state.
NEWS
August 25, 2011
Once again the Republicans are telling stories meant to frighten little children. Adults know better. Del. Ron George from Anne Arundel County states that we need to worry about Sharia law. And how does he think this threat will materialize? Who in the U.S. favors such laws? What politician has even hinted that they favor such a change? Only eight Muslim majority countries out of 40 (Mr. George cites only three) have such a legal structure. And we are hardly a Muslim country. Our Muslim population is sixth-tenths of one percent of the total.
NEWS
October 31, 2012
It seems odd that the voice for a "no" vote on Question 6 should be that of a Virginia legislator, but even stranger is his argument against Question 6 ("Vote no to immorality," Oct. 27). Virginia Del. Bob Marshall argues that Christian theology should govern this country. If he would object to Sharia law being imposed on us, he should be just a vigorous in objecting to Halacha (Jewish religious law), or strict Catholicism, Calvinism, or Confucianism. This is a secular nation, decidedly not a Christian theocracy.
NEWS
June 15, 2011
I was appalled by the Islamophobia on parade at the first major Republican debate in New Hampshire on Monday night. Herman Cain, the Godfather's Pizza Mogul, made a spectacle of himself by denying that he ever said he wouldn't appoint a Muslim to his administration, only that he meant he wouldn't be comfortable working with Muslims, especially those who want to kill us. Are we supposed to rejoice that he has explained away his bias with this irrationality?...
NEWS
August 24, 2011
Your editorial dismissing the anti-Sharia law movement as "bigotry" was both troubling and misinformed ("Fueling anti-Islamic fears," Aug.8). It is the large parts of the Sharia code itself that are bigoted, not its opponents. Sharia is both the acknowledged goal and threat doctrine of jihadist terrorist organizations such as al-Qaida, the Taliban, Hamas and Hezbollah. Sharia is the exclusive law of the land in three countries: Saudi Arabia, Iran and Sudan, all nations that both support jihadist terrorism and have human rights records that are among the world's worst.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | July 19, 2011
When GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is talking about the economy, he usually makes sense. Unfortunately for Cain, he prefers to talk about Muslims - and then he makes no sense at all.  Cain, this weekend, reprised this favorite topic of his in an interview with Fox News and made the argument that governments have the right to ban mosques (even though such a ban is specifically disallowed by the First Amendment).  But Cain's strange Muslim statements are nothing new. Sometimes he wants to ban Muslims from his cabinet.
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