As American citizens and people of the free world we are accustomed to associating a nation’s constitution with a profound and thoughtful document that enshrines our freedoms, ensures our liberties and protects our individual rights. We are not pawns of our government, nor is government intrusion in to our personal lives given tacit approval.
We may immerse ourselves in the democratic process through casting our votes for the candidate of our choice without being subject to coercion. We are guaranteed equal opportunities in education and in the work force, irrespective of our race, age, religion, nationality or gender. We are emancipated from the egregious notions of slavery, excessive taxes and blatant discrimination. We may freely practice the religion of our choice and worship the G-d of our choice or we may opt to not worship at all.
We need only tap our news sources to observe that the aforementioned concepts are not necessarily a given in some countries, especially those in the Middle East. Over the weekend, Egyptians went to the voting booth to decide whether they will issue a mandate to the draft constitution crafted by their president Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party. Amidst an atmosphere teeming with a palpable rancor for the last few weeks, both the doctrinaire Islamists of the Muslim Brotherhood and the ostensibly democratic forces in the opposition have engaged in violent street demonstrations throughout Egypt, as this issue will categorically define the political and religious trajectory that Egypt will take in the future.
Those who claim to hold aloft the banner of democracy and freedom inform us that this constitution will enshrine Sharia law as Egypt’s legal template. The supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood propound the idea that this constitution will afford Egypt with the stability they need to move forward in forming a new government. Although accusations against overt irregularities at the polls have been leveled and many Egyptians feel that the Morsi camp have basically rigged the referendum in their favor, nonetheless, we learn that it has passed muster. Time will tell on how the Egyptian people will react.
Without mincing words, we do know that a constitution predicated on Islamic law is tantamount to a death sentence, not only in terms of human rights and religious freedoms for Egyptians, but stands as a harbinger of way more perilous ramifications for the Western world. Because Sharia law is by its nature a racist and intolerant ideology, it has no room for rights of “the other”. It is a nihilistic ideology that demands that the “infidel”, the non-believer” in Allah and the Koran be summarily eradicated by any means possible. There is no stretch of the imagination to say that the concrete implementation of Sharia law is a breeding ground for the most dangerous forms of xenophobia.
Just ask women who recently went to the polls in Egypt without wearing the traditional Islamic head covering or hijab. Reports indicate that they were turned away at the voting stations. But that’s just scratching the proverbial surface when it comes to addressing the rights of women under the draconian dictates of Sharia law. Throughout the Islamic world, women are relegated to the status of property of their male relatives. They cannot marry whom they choose, they cannot ask for a divorce, they cannot drive a car or engage in what is perceived to be “Western ways” such as wearing makeup or even lipstick. They are mandated by the male hegemony to be veiled, subjugated and brutally oppressed. If an Islamic woman is raped, or runs off with the man of her choice, against the wishes of her family, she has been deemed as bringing shame on the family and for the sake of family honor, in most cases, she is murdered by male relatives.
What do the implications of Sharia law mean for Coptic Christians? Just ask the families of the tens of thousands of Coptics that have already been murdered by Islamic gangs fueled with the hate filled rhetoric they hear preached in the mosques of Cairo and Alexandria by Imams representing the Muslim Brotherhood. And sooner than we think, quicker than we can bat an eye, these purveyors of religious and gender supremacy and dominance will attempt to spread their pernicious tentacles towards the United States and all of Western civilization. Is “Creeping Sharia” such an outlandish fantasy or nightmare?? We think not.