By Lomi Kriel
The way supporters of the conservative group Texas Eagle Forum see it, a growing number of U.S. Muslims are practicing “stealthy jihad,” secretly trying to impose their religious doctrine on Americans and form a parallel judicial system, one that could force women to wear burkas or even condone honor killings.
Sharia, the legal, moral and religious underpinning of Islam, is “a threat to America,” said the Eagle Forum’s former president, Pat Carlson, who is running for state representative in Fort Worth.
With the help of a neoconservative Washington, D.C., think tank, which spearheaded similar efforts in more than 20 states across the country, the group last year pushed legislation in Texas banning the recognition of foreign law in state courts, with its proponents decrying Sharia’s “creeping influence.”
It didn’t pass, but some lawmakers consider the issue important enough to take up before the Legislature convenes in January. Last week, South Dakota’s governor signed a bill aimed at preventing courts from applying Islamic law. [Read more...]