As this was appearing over the weekend in WorldNetDaily, several of you sent it in. Thanks, everyone, for your vigilance.
The Sixth U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a Marine, Kevin J. Murray cannot challenge a U. S. government subsidy for a program that promotes the radical Islamic law called Shariah.
The ruling was handed down by judges Alan Norris, Eric Clay and Allen Griffin.
They explained that the federal TARP funds given to AIG were exempt from such challenges because the authorizing legislation didn’t consider giving money to aid religious outreaches such as AIG’s Shariah programs, and that the money was directed there by “executive” decisions.
Thus, the taxpayer lacked “standing” even to complain about the issue.
And they came to their conclusion even though the court opinion admitted that shortly after the Treasury Department acquired an interest in AIG, the “department sponsored a conference entitled ‘Islamic Finance 101.’ The stated purpose of the conference was to provide government policymakers information about Islamic finance. The presentation materials from the conference discussed topics such as the source of Islamic finance, how Islamic finance works, and the market factors that caused its growth.”
The plaintiffs argued that Congress could or should have known its bailout money to AIG would go to Shariah “since AIG was well known as the leader in [Shariah complaint finance].”
The judges however disagreed ruling that this, “falls well short of supporting a reasonable inference of congressional intention that a portion of the [federal bailout money] might support [Shariah].”
American taxpayers and Christian citizens $153 million of your tax money was spent to help teach the religion of Islam. This is in addition to Islam already infiltrating the U. S. public school system by teaching Arabic. Where are the cries of the people about separation of church and state now? where is the ACLU on this?
I suppose the argument is being made that since this money was first given to AIG in a bailout that it was not the government giving the money to finance the Shariah-compliant subsidiaries.
In fact, AIG is the world leader in promoting Shariah-compliant insurance products. Even the Sixth Circuit Court acknowledged this stating, “‘Shariah’ refers to Islamic law based on the teachings of the Quran. It is the Islamic code embodying the way of life for Muslims and is intended to serve as the civic law in Muslim countries.”
The lawyers for Mr. Murray are Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi of the American Freedom Law Center.
The Sixth Circuit Court, in its opinion noted the heart of the issue and that is that Murray was objecting to his tax money being used to support Shariah because it “forms the basis for the global jihadist war against the West and the United States.”
Murray’s attorney, Robert Muise, said, “This decision by the Sixth Circuit is troubling on many levels. First, it is contrary to controlling U.S. Supreme Court precedent, which allows a taxpayer to challenge a congressional spending program that violates the Establishment Clause. And second, this decision permits the federal government to continue its practice of promoting and supporting Shariah through the use of taxpayer funds. We intend to request a rehearing by the full court, and if that does not succeed, we will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.”
Yerushalmi said, “It is one thing that our government felt compelled to bail out AIG after its fortunes were destroyed due to the company’s own recklessness and bad acts. It is quite another thing to use U.S. taxpayer dollars to promote and support AIG’s Shariah businesses — all of which don’t just sell sharia products to the Muslim world, but actively promote sharia as the best, most ethical way of life. Indeed, the sharia authorities relied upon by AIG’s sharia Supervisory Committees actively promote jihad—and by jihad we mean kinetic war against the infidel West.”
According to the American Freedom Law Center several things were discovered that was kept from the public record:
AIG has five wholly-owned subsidiaries which promote and practice sharia in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Bahrain, and the U.S.
These sharia-compliant companies employ or otherwise retain the services of sharia authorities to tell them how to conduct their business according to sharia, including the sharia-compliant charities to which these AIG subsidiaries must contribute.
The government places absolutely no controls on how its billions are used by the sharia-compliant companies or to whom they support with their “zakat” (‘charitable’) dollars. Moreover, these companies all accept sharia’s mandate to support jihad with zakat insofar as they abide by the authoritative rulings of the world’s leading sharia authorities.
Over one billion taxpayer dollars have flowed through AIG’s headquarters into supporting AIG’s sharia businesses worldwide.
The government has actively promoted sharia and sharia-compliant finance in many ways and venues:
1) The Treasury Department has published, edited, and updated articles about sharia-compliant finance, which essentially promote Islamic law uncritically. 2) The Treasury Department has created and staffed a position called the Islamic Finance Scholar-in Residence. No other religious law is so honored. 3) Published presentations by senior Treasury Department officials laude sharia-compliant finance and state explicitly that the U.S. government “places significant importance on promoting . . . Islamic finance” and has “recently deepened our engagement in Islamic finance in a number of ways,” including a “call for harmonization of Shari’a standards at the national and international levels.” 4) After the AIG bailout, the Treasury Department co-sponsored a half-day conference called “Islamic Finance 101” for government policy makers which was in effect a cheerleading program to promote sharia and sharia-compliant finance.
Again, I ask where are the cries from the taxpayers over this? Clearly the giving of money by the federal government in support of any religion is a violation of the Constitution and though AIG is not a religion, Shariah law is definitely a part of Islam which is considered a religion.
Several people’s heads should roll for this. No pun intended.