Yesterday [April 15] a select group of policymakers, government officials, attorneys, and prayer leaders came to FRC to hear Dr. Sam Solomon, a former professor of Islamic Shari’ah law, and Prof. William Wagner of Cooley School of Law in Lansing, Michigan, gave a stirring presentation on the threat imposed by Shari’ah on American public life and our Constitution itself. Dr. Solomon came to Christ after years as an Islamic scholar of Shari’ah. He outlined the key components of Islamic law and described how Islamists are working to establish the supremacy of Islam in socio-economic-political system they encounter. In other words, while Islamists will not mandate conversion of Christians, agnostics, or anyone else, they insist on submission to their legal, economic and religious structures. They are not pluralists. One reasonable estimate is that there are 35 Islamic “enclaves” already in the United States where Shari’ah law is practiced openly to some degree.
Dr. Solomon also noted that “Shari’ah-compliant finance is an economic jihad designed to undermine all (American) institutions.” Our Constitution is founded on Judeo-Christian, moral-political principles which include respect for the right of the individual to determine whether or not he will follow God. Such a right is not supported by Islam, which contends that all persons are born “slaves of Allah.” A subservient status is given to members of other faiths. Finally, Prof. Wagner noted that the Shari’ah-based governmental institutions—for example, Shari’ah courts as found in Britain–would be clearly incompatible with the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. To listen to the audio from yesterday’s lecture, click here.
Tony Perkins heads the Family Research Council. This article is excerpted from the Washington Update that he compiles for the FRC.