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Islam emerges as key issue for GOP
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wants a federal ban on Sharia and opposes a proposed Islamic center near ground zero.
March 9th, 2011
03:03 PM ET

Islam emerges as key issue for GOP

A conservative activist who served in George W. Bush's White House, Suhail Khan has lately found himself at odds with certain figures who should be allies, like fellow activists on the right and some leading lights of the Republican Party.

Khan, a Muslim, has chafed at recent remarks about Islam from potential Republican presidential contenders like Sarah Palin, who has called on "peaceful Muslims" to oppose a proposed Islamic center near New York's ground zero, and Newt Gingrich, who has called for a federal ban on Sharia, or Islamic law.

Khan supports the New York Islamic center and says there's no threat of Sharia taking hold in the United States.

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Filed under: Islam • Newt Gingrich • Politics

soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. tallulah13

    How quickly they forgot their promises that they would concentrate on jobs and the economy. Just another republican side show.

    March 11, 2011 at 2:41 am |
  2. Newt Gingrich

    Bandwagon ! ! ! Gotta jump on ! ! !

    March 11, 2011 at 2:05 am |
  3. T-party

    we need to focus on boarder security,low taxes, high tariffs on China and India, get rid of unions,get rid of affirmative action and all political correctness. ...sorry Newt, radical muslims are going to be radical muslims

    March 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  4. Justina

    Threats of Sharia Law is just what our immoral, fattened, sleepy-headed civilization needs. Present Americans should remember why the freedom of conscience was necessary, what it costs to obtain freedom, and how the freedom must be used.

    March 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  5. akhter

    media terrorism by the media
    http://www.iengage.org.uk/component/content/article/1-news/1249-daily-star-reporter-quits-over-papers-islamophobia

    March 10, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  6. Freedom Warrior

    Fearmongering is used so often by the GOP that they don't have any brain cells left over for doing anything intelligent, I guess.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:18 am |
  7. t party pooper

    Do people actually belive that Sharia law is ever going to be in the U.S., other then blessed meat at your local grocery store. Please god wipe all the neo-conservatives off the planet and have their supporters grow a brain. Look at me so sick and tired of these people that I'm wishing to a fictional character.

    March 10, 2011 at 1:47 am |
  8. Nick

    This whole fear of Sharia law issue, is just plain ignorance, and heightened fear by the GOP. If we as a nation can just barely get healthcare passed, what possibly makes you think they would let Islamic citizens in the US pass Sharia law,lol! I mean come on really.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
  9. GSA

    @Openeyes – no one has said do nothing. You want to keep America safe focus on the most dangerous and credible threats instead of making issues out of non-issues.

    March 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • T-party

      Dear mother, dear mother, the church is cold,
      But the ale-house is healthy and pleasant and warm;
      Besides I can tell where I am used well,
      Such usage in Heaven will never do well.

      But if at the church they would give us some ale,
      And a pleasant fire our souls to regale,
      We'd sing and we'd pray all the live-long day,
      Nor ever once wish from the church to stray.

      Then the parson might preach, and drink, and sing,
      And we'd be as happy as birds in the spring;
      And modest Dame Lurch, who is always at church,
      Would not have bandy children, nor fasting, nor birch.

      And God, like a father rejoicing to see
      His children as pleasant and happy as he,
      Would have no more quarrel with the Devil or the barrel,
      But kiss him, and give him both drink and apparel.

      Did you like this poem? Why not re

      March 9, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Openeyes

    We then as some would have us believe have nothing to fear from anyone at anytime in the history of the world. Would such a statement be true and if not what should we have done to prevent some of the horrors the world has seen, continue like a blind sheep? It is foolish to pretend we have nothing to fear from anyone. Obama and Muslims are included and even you with uninformed statements like its hateful to fear what others hold the potential to do. I hope the do nothing but we should not be blind ignorant uninformed sitting ducks.

    March 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  11. pete

    The right does nothing but try to scare people. "don't elect obama, he'll make us all eat fried chicken" "don't let them muslims build a mosque. soon we'll all be wearin' towels on our heads"

    Nothing but hate. Thats why i've had to change my affiliations.

    March 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Oh, I See.

      Thank goodness...

      March 9, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  12. GSA

    Anyone who thinks that there is a threat of Sharia law being inacted in the US has got be pretty scared, stupid or paranoid.
    Laws should be fair to the ppl and not cater to any religion, this is obvious but Newt is forgetting the amount of request/proposals that are being put forth by other religions to have certain laws changed or put in place. Seems to me that he doesn't really care about the issue of religion in our laws at all but instead focuses on a very small and insignificant non-issue instead of the big picture.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • (B)iraq Hussein Osama

      sharia law is already being used in America!
      1,000 criminals have had their "heads chopped off" since 1979 in good ol US of A.
      what is that? christian law? no, its sharia law!
      chopping off criminals is not in the christian religion.

      the traffic system. being penalized for crossing a red light or speeding.
      what is that? sharia, pulled straight out of an islamic textbook.
      where does christianity say that someone should be penalized for indulging in behavior that can harm those around you? it does not. there is no penalty in christianity.

      Why don't christians change the American judicial system from sharia based ideas to christian based ideas? if you go to court and scream, HALLELUJAH HALLELUJAH, I BELEEB IN JEBUS, I BELEEB IN JEDUS, LORDEE, LORDEE, LORDEE. The criminal should be set free. He believes in Jesus, so he is free to go home, HIS SINS ARE FORGIVEN.

      But no, instead, American must be HYPOCRITES. Bad mouth sharia while implementing it wholesale in their country. Tell us something new!

      March 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Reality

      More about Islamic laws/rules from Sir Salmon Rushdie:

      From his book "Satanic Verses", p. 376, paperback issue – for those 1 billion Muslims to read as they are forbidden to purchase or read said book:

      One of the passages that prompted the crazy Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa against Sir Rushdie:

      Mahound = Mohammed
      Gibreel = Gabriel

      "The faithful lived by lawlessness, but in those years Mahound – or should one say the Archangel Gibreel? – should one say Al-Lah? – became obsessed by law.

      Amid the palm-trees of the oasis Gibreel appeared to the Prophet and found himself spouting rules, rules, rules, until the faithful could scarcely bear the prospect of any more revelation, Salman said, rules about every da-mn thing, if a man farts let him turn his face to the wind, a rule about which hand to use for the purpose of cleaning one's behind.

      It was as if no aspect of human existence was to be left unregulated, free. The revelation – the recitation- told the faithful how much to eat, how deeply they should sleep, and which se-xual positions had received divine sanction, so that they leamed that so-domy and the missionary position were approved of by the archangel, whereas the forbidden postures included all those in which the female was on top.

      Gibreel further listed the permitted and forbidden subjects of conversation, and earmarked the parts of the body which could not be scratched no matter how unbearably they might itch.

      He vetoed the consumption of prawns, those bizarre other-worldly creatures which no member of the faithful had ever seen, and required animals to be killed slowly, by bleeding, so that by experiencing their deaths to the full they might arrive at an understanding of the meaning of their lives, for it is only at the moment of death that living creatures understand that life has been real, and not a sort of dream.

      And Gibreel the archangel specified the manner in which a man should be buried, and how his property should be divided, so that Salman the Persian got to wondering what manner of God this was that sounded so much like a businessman.

      This was when he had the idea that destroyed his faith, because he recalled that of course Mahound himself had been a businessman, and a damned successful one at that, a person to whom organization and rules came naturally, so how excessively convenient it was that he should have come up with such a very businesslike archangel, who handed down the management decisions of this highly corporate, if noncorporeal, God."

      March 9, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • civiloutside

      (B)Iraq, I'm sometimes forced to wonder if you are actually posting as a satire to hold a mirror up to people who make ignorant remarks about Islam so they can see exactly what it looks like coming from the other side. But just in case you're serious....

      Decapitation is not a legal means of execution in any American state, and hasn't been since it was taken off the books in Utah (the only state to ever have it legal) in 1888 due to the fact that nobody ever used it. I suppose if you're using the phrase "heads chopped off" to refer figuratively to all means of execution, you might have a case that we do kill a lot of criminals. Of course, your hypocrisy argument overlooks some important facts. Namely that 1) the Christian Bible does prescribe death for a wide range of offenses, and 2) the Bible isn't the basis of American law anyway.

      Traffic laws are based on the practical reality that when you have multiple tons of metal zooming around at high speeds, you need an agreed set of rules governing how to do it in order to minimize horrific accidents, not the delusions of a desert nomad who lived and died twelve centuries before the automobile was invented.

      The fact that some of the rules developed in the American legal system happen to have analogues in Sharia does not mean we are using Sharia law here. It means that some laws are fundamental enough that they appear in nearly every legal system, some are the same by coincidence, and in some cases someone may have seen a specific concept in Sharia that they believed was a good idea and were able to import it.

      March 10, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • David

      GSA> Well said, Leave it to Newt to worry about that absurd ruse, while the rest of the system continues to fail us ....

      March 25, 2011 at 6:52 am |
  13. Oh, I See.

    https://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/

    March 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  14. Reality

    Why Sharia law has no foundations:

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.
    The First Five of the 77 Branches:
    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
    alone."
    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.
    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous step "deprograms" are available for Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Paganism.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
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