Saturday, October 10, 2009

Obama administration defends Sharia Law?

Obama's adviser on Muslim affairs, Dalia Mogahed, appeared on a British television show hosted by an extremist group to talk about Sharia Law:

“Miss Mogahed, appointed to the President's Council on Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships, said the Western view of Sharia was "oversimplified" and the majority of women around the world associate it with "gender justice". The White House adviser made the remarks on a London-based TV discussion programme hosted by Ibtihal Bsis, a member of the extremist Hizb ut Tahrir party. The group believes in the non-violent destruction of Western democracy and the creation of an Islamic state under Sharia Law across the world. . . . the two members of the group made repeated attacks on secular "man-made law" and the West's "lethal cocktail of liberty and capitalism". They called for Sharia Law to be "the source of legislation" and said that women should not be "permitted to hold a position of leadership in government". Miss Mogahed made no challenge to these demands and said that "promiscuity" and the "breakdown of traditional values" were what Muslims admired least about the West. She said: . . . "The majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with sharia compliance.” . . . Miss Mogahed, who was born in Egypt and moved to America at the age of five, is the first veiled Muslim woman to serve in the White House.”

Sharia law is broadly based on the Koran, and in its fundamentalist form in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia requires fasting, dressing modestly, the separation of men and women, death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality, and the removal of a hand for theft, and deprives women of all political, social, legal and economic rights or equality.

Why does a member of the Obama team defend sharia law and ignore attacks on “decadent Western democracy”?

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