‘Shariaphobia’ is back, and some left wing Texans are tired of it. Mayor Beth Van Duyne took to Facebook to say the Constitution is the sole law in Irving, after people who should know better stoked fearmongering over the approval of Islamic tribunals involving the Irving mosque.
Star Telegram (h/t Cynthia B) Glenn Beck said the Dallas-based Islamic Tribunal “needs to be stopped.” Writing from Florida, lawyer Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel feared “slow, systematic jihad.”
But all this Muslim-bashing isn’t working in Irving, where the Ramblerweekly defends the Islamic Center as a good neighbor. The Rambler warned against “the greater damage these hatemongers inflict on our community.”
There’s one more important point about the dispute panel, where Imam Moujahed Bakhach of Fort Worth, two other area imams and a case manager from a Dallas law firm hear disputes for a $1,200 fee.
In America, we call this freedom. If someone claims Shariah is taking a sinister hold in Irving, threatening the domestic tranquility of Euless or Coppell, remind them that all Texans are free to seek faith-based advice.
Even Van Duyne, who told Beck she’s “not supportive” of the panel, wrote on Facebook that our laws remain supreme: “Citizens need to remember that their rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and I believe no one should subjugate themselves to anything less.” Anyone unhappy with the panel can go to court. Its website says so.
Coincidentally, the Texas Legislature is considering bills that would grant Texas Muslims even more such religious freedom.
State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, sponsor of an anti-Shariah bill also has proposed a constitutional amendment to have judges grant faiths “autonomy” and avoid “religious doctrinal interpretation or application.”
I plan on filing a bill during the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature that will require our Texas Judicial System to only allow American Law on American Soil in our Texas Courts. I trust and pray that those of you that share this concern will join me in supporting and demanding this Legislation.
Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Houston chapter, said “So many people misunderstand our religion, the last thing we need is the courts reinterpreting it,” Carroll said. Those bashing the dispute panel are “just trying to make people worried,” he said.
Some Texans aren’t listening…especially when they see quotes like this from Mustafaa Carroll: