Sharia law a dire threat to America. Global warming, not so much

by: Paul Rosenberg

Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 14:30

As a perfect snapshot of the brain rot affecting America's ruling class, consider the following juxtaposition:

TPM reports:

Gingrich Calls For Federal Ban On Shariah Law In US
Evan McMorris-Santoro | September 18, 2010, 12:05PM

The second morning of speeches at the Values Voter Summit here in DC was dominated by a man who is swiftly becoming the nation's spokesperson for Islamophobia -- former House speaker Newt Gingrich. Fresh off the release of his Islam-focused film "America At Risk," Gingrich told the crowd at VVS that it's time to take federal action to prevent Shariah Law from infiltrating courtrooms in the US.

"We should have a federal law that says sharia law cannot be recognized by any court in the United States," Gingrich said to a standing ovation from the audience. The law will let judges know, Gingrich said, that "no judge will remain in office that tried to use sharia law."

Gingrich made a not-so-subtle reference to the right wing meme about freshly-minted Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan which claims that Kagan is "sympathetic" to Shariah and -- as some suggested during her confirmation hearings -- might allow it to be recognized as law in the United States.

But beyond the Kagan hit, Gingrich's anti-Shariah talk inserted him directly into the most extreme end of the Islamophobic push-back against mosque projects all over the country.

Opponents of Islamic building projects in New York City, Tennessee and Temecula, California and Florence, Kentucky have often raised fears that the goal of Muslims seeking to build new houses of worship is to slowly make America comfortable with Shariah before using political power to allow it to become the law of the land.

Of course, there is zero evidence of sharia law having any influence on American law.  And zero chance that it could have any such influence, not least because of the First Amendment, and the separation of church and state.  But that's not the point.  As the above report makes clear, the purpose of this absurd meme is to "justify" the bigoted attacks on American Muslims exercising there First Amendment rights.  As a matter of history, religious minorities have always been the staunchest opponents of imposing religious doctrines on others, for a very simple reason:  They're the minority, stupid!

OTOH, global warming--which could wipe out entire low-lying countries and whose reality is supported by the entire peer-reviewed scientific community--is not a problem according to all the GOP Senate candidates, according to Think Progress:

GOP Senate Candidates Oppose Climate Science And Policy

by Brad Johnson, ThinkProgress Wonk Room Climate Editor

Updated September 14. View the original version here.

A comprehensive Wonk Room survey of the Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate finds that nearly all dispute the scientific consensus that the United States must act to fight global warming pollution. In May, 2010, the National Academies of Science reported to Congress that "the U.S. should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a national strategy to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change" because global warming is "caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for - and in many cases is already affecting - a broad range of human and natural systems."

This finding is shared by scientific bodies around the world. However, in the alternate reality of the fossil-fueled right wing, climate science is confused or a conspiracy, and policies to limit pollution would destroy the economy.

Remarkably, of the dozens of Republicans vying for the 37 Senate seats in the 2010 election, no one supports climate action, after climate advocate Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) lost his primary to Christine O'Donnell. Even former climate advocates Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL) now toe the science-doubting party line.

Many of the Senate candidates are signatories of the Koch Industries' Americans For Prosperity No Climate Tax pledge and the FreedomWorks Contract From America. The second plank of the Contract From America is to "Reject Cap & Trade: Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures."

And, of course, it's not just the Senate, as Think Progress identified "The Top Climate Races This November"

Seven key climate races in the Senate (with the estimated likelihood of a Republican pickup):

Eight key climate races in the House:

The pervasive disconnect from reality wxhibited by this juxtaposition indicates that today's GOP is operating more like a cult than a traditional political party.

Think Lyndon LaRouche.

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Those Islamists should really separate church and state! (0.00 / 0)
Every pastriotic American knows that's the base of a democratic society. It's like JFK said: "I believe the separation of church and state is absolute." Uh, what did you say, Mr. Santorum? "That never was and never will be in this country"? Ok, let's say ALMOST every pastriotic American knows its the base of a democratic society...

pastriotic (0.00 / 0)
There was a time (in decades past) that I thought the Repubs did some things better than the Dems-protect the constitution, handle the purse strings. Now, I don't believe they do anything better, except campaigning on lies/hate, of course.

Like the new word you coined...seems to be the current reality of the rape-public-can/neo-con scam artists.

Government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob..... FDR

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Damn, the same typo TWICE! (0.00 / 0)
Nice new word, though. Now I only have to come up with a meaning for it...

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Good Idea Newt! (4.00 / 4)
I don't want to be under Sharia law, either.  Lets not just write a law, lets put it in the constitution.  We should generalize it, though, and make sure the government cannot respect any religion, but can't deny its practice either.  While we are at it, lets make sure free speech and free press and the right to peacefully gather and petition the government with our grievances is also included.

In fact, I agree with Newt so much, I think we should reorder the entire set of amendments and make this the first one!

God these people are idiots.  Newt knows his audience well.

Well, After All, It's Just An Amendment! (0.00 / 0)
BFD! Right?

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

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Law (0.00 / 0)
I for one wouldn't mind laws against what Sharia says, like discrimination against gay people and women, for instance.

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Yeah, Senate is a nuthouse anyway... (0.00 / 0) let's totally shut it down by putting even more totally superfluos bills up for a vote whose only goal is to make cheap point to an uneducated public! Right? WRONG.

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I think the right misunderstands the constitution so badly (0.00 / 0)
that they don't even understand that we've got this stuff already. It's really fascinating to watch them claim to see the virtue of freedom from a religious legal code as if the idea had never been suggested before.

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Every time I start (0.00 / 0)
to pound my head on the desk over the stupidity of our politicians, they come up with even more stupidity.  I'm getting a raging headache by now.  Of course, one could argue that we get the kind of government we deserve- think what would happen if we never elected these idiots in the first place, if we stopped watching all the news shows that gave them abundant air time.  But how do we get the majority of Americans to do this?  Maybe George Carlin said it best:

If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here... like, the public.

Yeah, the public sucks. There's a nice campaign slogan for somebody: 'The Public Sucks. F*ck Hope.'"

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid."
Benjamin Franklin

Ah, THAT's why about 3% of people suffer from constant headaches! (4.00 / 1)
Those are the folks who have an allergy to idiocy. That's sad, but it makes me wonder why there aren't even more of them. The noise level from the "advice of the galactically stupid" really has reached an unbearable level nowadays...

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We Have Sharia Law (0.00 / 0)
Any woman trying to get an abortion can tell you that. Same for any kid in search of real information about birth control who runs into an abstinence program. Perhaps chopping people's hands off, along with stoning for adultery, is more extreme than our Christian Sharia laws, but I'm sure Newt could get used to these ideas. Well, except for stoning for adultery: only if that applies to women not the men. Newt might be hauled into court for at least one instance of adultery.

Honestly, this is more Shiny Object Syndrome, a way for the Wizards of Oz to distract the plebes from the real issues and who controls power.

Sharia law =Inquisition law (0.00 / 0)
Different colors, same crap. If this totally superfluos bill is really discussed in Senate, it should be ammended to include a ban of the other extreme, too!

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Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. Of course. (4.00 / 1)
But the US Inquisition is alive and well, and regularly shows up in public and even in the media!

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