NYT: “Don’t Fear Islamic Law in America:” Eliyahu Stern: Shariah Law Needed in America

This article in the New York Times comes from writer Eliyahu E. Stern. He is a professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual and Cultural History at Yale. He briefly goes over some of the legislation pending in some states to deny Shariah Law in the U.S. and quotes Newt Gingrich. Stern says these efforts undermine ‘American democracy,” and “religious tolerance and assimilation,” which create a dangerous divide between America and Islam – our “fastest-growing religious minority.”

Islam will dominate, and it won't be pretty.

“Shariah is a mortal threat to the survival of freedom in the United States and in the world as we know it.” ~ Newt Gingrich

In the following quote, below Stern points to past and historic European laws against Jewish religious laws. The thing is, this isn’t then, or there. This is here and now and Islam has blown up a good part of New York City, hit our Pentagon and if not for the heroic passengers aboard Flight 93, the White House would have been hit on that day. It wasn’t the first time either.

We are not forgetting the first World Trade Towers bombing in 1993, and we are not forgetting the attack on the U.S.S. Cole in 2000, or the U.S. Marine barracks bombing in 1983. We are not forgetting the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in Rome, when they tortured and murdered U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem, and threw his body on the tarmac for the world to see, as they searched the flight for passengers with Jewish-sounding names. And their threats continue. Did Jews blow-up anything in Europe or the U.S.? Hijack any Western planes? Target and torture our Military? Does the Koran call for the extinction of Israel? Yes it does. Does the Koran give Muslims a way to pledge their allegiance to the U.S. No, it does not. Does the Koran give Muslims a path to love and respect an infidel? No, it does not.

Eliyahu E. Stern:

The suggestion that Shariah threatens American security is disturbingly reminiscent of the accusation, in 19th-century Europe, that Jewish religious law was seditious. In 1807, Napoleon convened an assembly of rabbinic authorities to address the question of whether Jewish law prevented Jews from being loyal citizens of the republic. (They said that it did not.)

Fear that Jewish law bred disloyalty was not limited to political elites; leading European philosophers also entertained the idea. Kant argued that the particularistic nature of “Jewish legislation” made Jews “hostile to all other peoples.” And Hegel contended that Jewish dietary rules and other Mosaic laws barred Jews from identifying with their fellow Prussians and called into question their ability to be civil servants.

Along with this not being then, or there, Hegel’s writings are not considered in the establishment of American law. We do not need or want two systems of justice in this country. Why would we change the most admired justice system in the world, to give Muslims the right to govern themselves? Muslims have a great many choices of countries governing under Shariah law. That’s where they need to be if they are unhappy with us. We are not an Islamic country. Islamic Law is intended to dominate, and I know Stern knows this.

Stern acknowledges that in America, Muslims integrate into society well, but…:

Given time, American Muslims, like all other religious minorities before them, will adjust their legal and theological traditions, if necessary, to accord with American values.

America’s exceptionalism has always been its ability to transform itself — economically, culturally and religiously. In the 20th century, we thrived by promoting a Judeo-Christian ethic, respecting differences and accentuating commonalities among Jews, Catholics and Protestants. Today, we need an Abrahamic ethic that welcomes Islam into the religious tapestry of American life.

Abrahamic ethic? That’s an odd choice of words, and yes, I do know who Abraham was. Islamic traditions have bells pealing five times a day over neighborhoods once quiet, children leaving classrooms to pray, paraphernalia for foot washing installed in some strange places and paid for by tax payers, madrases all across our country teaching young Muslim minds perceived evils of the West, and Stern would have Islamic court rooms scattered around our nation to allow a Muslim man to divorce his wife without the cost or inconvenience, or justice of American courts. Disgraceful to use Abraham’s name to forward this argument.

Also disgraceful in Stern’s admonition to America is ignoring the reality of September 11, 2001, as though it never happened, as though that day, out of necessity, changed us forever. We know now Islam. We didn’t know it in 1983 or 1985 or 1993, but we know it now.

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  • Native NY’r

    Bravo to the author – how true. Nor do we forget the Marine’s Hymn about the US going to war with Islam in the 1800s due to the pirating of merchant ships. Some things never change. But these “professors” need to take a reality check and get some real education instead of whitewashing the obvious. Shariah is anti-civil rights. It is not for the rights of women, children, minorities or even of non-Muslims. It is a 6th century mentality that has no place in modern civilization.

    • Native NY’r, I often hear from my Jewish friends that “self-loathing Jews” are abundant in America. Can’t help but wonder if Stern fits that description. Good comment. Thanks for visiting and joining the conversation.

  • “Modern Jewish Intellectual and Cultural “????
    What are the requirements for this position? The man is delusional.


    It is an embarrassment to even read this disgraceful piece of pandering by this academic’s inflated ego. Academia continues in it’s unrealistic protected world. He might as well move to a Muslim country and dump on the Americans and the Jews. It’s more fitting. Shame on you and shame on Yale for your employment. Get a real job in the real world.

  • I bet Eliyahu E. Stern has brown eyes cause he is full of crap clear up to and passed his stupid speaking mouth. I get sick of people like him. Why doesn’t he go live under Shariah law somewhere else. As far as Abraham is concerned, Islam began with a bastard child which should never been born in the first place.

  • This is a load of horse hockey pucks. Unlike Shar’ia Law, Jewish Law (Halakhah)doesn’t have the force of US Law behind it. It is used by Orthodox Jews to settle civil suits, ie. Divorce, business disputes, landlord disputes, etc… In cases of divorce, the parties must first get a legal (US Courts) divorce, then the religious divorce. A religious divorce (get) is not legal without the US courts deciding first.

    What Muslims want is the imposition of Shar’ia law in their neighborhoods only. The full Shar’ia instead of US Law. The cutting off of hands from thieves, the stoning of rape victims, women having no legal rights, men being allowed to beat their wives, etc…

    And with the President we have, I expect this to be imposed on us within the next year.

  • Janis Keller

    If we should be forced to live by Sharia law, we would also be forced to watch our sisters, mothers, female cousins, aunts, grandmothers, and any female friends and neighbors, not to mention female children, be treated — not like second class citizens, but like no citizens at all! We would be at the mercy of the cruelty of the men who were endorsing the Sharia law, just as Christ was at the mercy of the Romans who beat Him (and enjoyed it). The men who want Sharia law in effect in this country are blood-thirsty criminals who deserve to be in prison. If we ward off Sharia law by adhering to our Constitution and the laws in effect in our states now, these Isamic Sharia would-be enforcers will wind up in prison, mark my words. They are addicted to violence, and with Sharia law, they will get their fill, or so they think. Women are the target of their violence. I feel for their mothers, that their sons turn out to be as abusive as their fathers are.

  • Mark Bernadiner

    “Great” arab inventions. Obama’s Cairo speech

    Muhammad, founder of Islam and author of Koran, was mentally sick psychopath and pedophile, he had married a 6-year old girl and raped her when she was 9. Muhammad could not read and write. While in seizure, he uttered disjointed phrases, which his followers represented as Allah divine afflatus. This is the history of Islam that muslims and “honest and free” western media would not like you to know. These facts show that islam is not a religion, but a cult.
    Read: “History of Middle Ages” Professor Nikolay A. Osokin, Textbook (in Russian), Publishing house: Imperial University Printing Office, Kazan, 1888, 771 pp.; Publisher: ACT, Harvest, Moscow, 2008, 672 pp. (reprint)
    In his Cairo speech, Obama accredited to arabs all fundamental inventions human race made over centuries. None of the Obama mentioned is true, as every person graduated from credible high school knows. However, it does not mean that arabs, great nation with centuries of history, has no inventions critical for human life. They have and here they are:
    1. Ethnic Cleansing – invented centuries ago, implemented over 2000 years ago in Israel when they occupied Israel and disseminated Jews around the world; from 1948 through 1953 arab countries expelled a million Jews and stole their properties; in 1974, Turkish armed forces invaded Cyprus, captured 36 percent of its territory, partitioned the island, implemented a policy of “ethnic cleansing” and sent close to 200,000 Greek Cypriots southward as refugees who lost their property, desecrated churches and cemeteries, and in 1983 declared the northern Turkish Republic of Cyprus; in 1999, Kosovo Liberation Army stormed homes of the last 15 Jews in Kosovo’s capital, who had to clear out, with just the clothes on their backs; recently, Jews in Yemen were under attack and have been relocated to Britain.
    2. Genocide – invented by Turks and implemented in 1915–1917 in Armenia: over 1.5 mln. Armenians, including children, died.
    3. Holocaust – invented by Haj Amin al Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, in 1920s in Palestine (occupied territory of the State of Israel); implemented in Palestine in 1920s-30s; in 1941, Haj Amin al Husseini brought the Holocaust idea to Hitler and helped him to implement Holocaust in Europe 1941-45; he organized in Europe two islamofascist brigades that operated under SS control, had their own concentration camp, and killed tens of thousand of Europeans, including Jews.
    Islam is based on three fundamental principles:
    1. Stealing
    2. Killing, and
    3. Lying
    Koran says:
    “Slay them wherever you find them. Fight against them till idolatry is no more and God’s religion reigns supreme” (Sura 2:190),
    “Seek out your enemies relentlessly” (Sura 4:103),
    “Make war on them till idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme” (Sura 8:36),
    “When the sacred months are over slay the unbelievers wherever you find them. Arrest them, beseige them and lie in ambush everywhere for them” (Sura 9:5),
    “Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you” (Sura 9:121),
    “When you meet the unbelievers on the battlefield strike off their heads” (Sura 47:3),
    “Prophet, make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal sternly with them. Hell shall be their home, evil their fate” (Sura 66:7).
    Koran is Islamic Mein Kamf. Islam is fascist cult and must be eliminated from the earth.