Attention Americans, especially you in Dearborn, Mich., and Frankford, Texas. Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle of Nevada is suggesting that Sharia, or Islamic religious law, is taking hold in your towns.
Angle made the suggestion at a rally last week in Mesquite in response to a man who asked about the proposed Islamic community center near ground zero in New York City and "Muslims taking over the U.S."
"We're talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe isn't a widespread thing, but it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it," Angle said, according to The Mesquite Local News. "Dearborn, Mich., and Frankford, Texas, are on American soil, and under Constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don't know how that happened in the United States
. It seems to me there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States."
The Associated Press obtained a tape of the rally and a response from Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly
, who called Angle's comments "shameful." He said they were based on distorted Tea Party accounts of the arrest of members of an anti-Islam group at an Arab festival.
"She took it as face value and maligned the city of Dearborn and I consider that totally irresponsible," O'Reilly told the AP. "If she wants to come here, I will take her on a tour. I will show her we follow the Constitution just as well as anyone else."
A Google search reveals plenty of accounts of the Dearborn festival arrests
, which O'Reilly said stemmed from a Christian volunteer's complaints that she had been harassed. It's unclear why Angle mentioned Frankford.
Most Americans probably haven't noticed Sharia in their communities, but it came up at the Values Voter Summit of social conservatives last month in Washington. Newt Gingrich was among those warning of its encroachment
. And, getting out ahead of the alleged threat, the Oklahoma legislature has passed a ballot measure to ban judges from using Sharia
in reaching their decisions. Voters will decide its fate next month.
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