Republican gubernatorial candidate and Assembly Member, Tim Donnelly, posted a Facebook comment accusing fellow candidate Neel Kashkari of making “the United States submit to the Islamic Sharia banking code in 2008 when he ran TARP.” The Facebook post included a link to a column by Islam expert Frank Gaffney.
In a statement, Muslim Brotherhood front group and pro-sharia organization CAIR-CA said:
“It is a shame that an elected official uses xenophobic and anti-Muslim rhetoric to discredit a member of his own party. Mr. Donnelly not only demonized his opponent, but also alienated the entire Muslim electorate. We urge responsible leaders of the Republican Party to repudiate Mr. Donnelly’s smear campaign and to marginalize any member of their party who uses such divisive and hateful discourse.”
From the LA Times:
Donnelly ties GOP rival Kashkari to Sharia
GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly launched a blistering attack accusing Republican rival Neel Kashkari of associating with fundamentalist Islamic law.
“BREAKING: Neel Kashkari supported the United States submitting to the Islamic, Shariah banking code in 2008 when he ran” the taxpayer-funded federal bank bailout, a Donnelly campaign associate wrote on the candidate’s Facebook page Monday. “Shariah is ‘the seditious religious-political-legal code authoritative Islam seeks to impose worldwide under a global theocracy.’ This revelation is spreading fast, as people … refer to Mr. Kashkari’s support of Shariah an ‘October Surprise.’”
Sharia law is an Islam-based code that governs personal and business behavior. Many global business interests deal with its banking laws, which forbid the charging of interest. But its criminal code is controversial, prompting protests on Monday by celebrities and others at the Beverly Hills Hotel over its owner, the sultan of Brunei’s, imposition of the law and its treatment of gay people and others in Brunei.
As the head of the bank bailout under President George W. Bush, Kashkari in 2008 delivered welcoming remarks at a conference about “Islamic Finance 101.” An article pointing to the event as evidence of the government “submitting” to Islamic law and written by an author who draws ire from many mainstream Republicans is posted as proof of Kashkari’s connection with Sharia law on Donnelly’s Facebook page.
Donnelly stood by his remarks late Monday. “Given the recent stories and protests about the outrage of the discriminatory nature of Sharia law, we’re horrified that Kashkari would support Sharia anything,” he said.