Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sherman Jackson Takes his Sharia Propaganda to University of Tennessee

Hat tip Campus Watch

Professor Sherman Jackson of the University of Southern California and a convert to Islam, took his propaganda show to the University of Tennessee this week where he argued that sharia law is compatible with the US Constitution. Here is the unquestioning  report in the UT school newspaper, the Daily Beacon (which has also been posted on Campus Watch).

Of course, this is not the first time that Jackson has tried to sell this lemon to an unsuspecting public. In 2012, I watched him perform with several others in a sharia workshop at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he had a curious answer to my question about Muslim persecution of non-Muslims. He called it a "false criteria".

If anyone in the UT audience asked Jackson about hudud sharia, the punishment portion that deals with Crimes Against God, the student paper article does not report it. Hudud sharia mandates death for apostates, blasphemers, adulterers and homosexuals. Perfectly compatible with the US Constitition, mind you.

The fact is that when a knowledgeable person raises these issues, watch the Dance of Evasion begin. That is why these Islamic propaganda events are almost always structured so as to restrict questioning and eliminate follow ups by people who can destroy the lame talking points. Unfortunately, college students generally don't have the experience to be able to scratch beneath the talking points of these polished propagandists. That is why we need to attend these events. We can also get our views into the campus newspapers, which I will attempt to do with the Daily Beacon.

If they'll print it.


Here it is:

To whom it may concern,

I would like to submit the below as a letter to the editor for consideration for publication in your paper.

Thank you

Gary Fouse
Adjunct teacher
Univ of Calif at Irvine Ext.

"I can't help but wonder if anyone in the audience asked Professor Sherman Jackson during his appearance about Hudud Sharia. That is the part of sharia law that outlines punishments for "Crimes Against God". Under Hudud Sharia, the death penalty is mandated for apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and homosexuality. This is affirmed by virtually every leading school of Islamic thought in the world. How  is that compatible with the US Constitution?

In 2012, I saw Jackson speak at a sharia workshop at the Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. When I asked his panel about all the persecution of non-Muslims happening around the Islamic world, and why Muslims were not condemning it. he dismissed it as a "false criteria". That can be viewed at the below link.

Presentations like Jackson's should be accompanied by hard questions during the q and a with appropriate follow up. It appears that was lacking in this event."

Gary Fouse
Adj teacher
Univ of Calif at Irvine Ext.

1 comment:

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Sharia law is consistent with the U.S. constitution, to the extent that any given practitioner is willing to practice it, or understands it, in a manner that does not offend any article of the constitution.

Sharia law is inconsistent with the U.S. constitution, to the extent that any given practitioner is willing to practice it, or understands it, as mandating acts or practices or omissions that do offend one or more articles of the constitution.

Since there is no single authoritative compilation of what constitutes sharia law, everyone is right and everyone is wrong as to whether it is or is not consistent with the U.S. constitution.

Generally, those who advocated an interpretation of sharia that conflicts with the U.S. constitution are contemptuous of that document and make no pretense that it is consistent.

Generally, those who advocated that sharia is consistent with the U.S. constitution adhere to an interpretation that does not demand acts or omissions that offend any article of the constitution.

Then there are those who simply want to rack up brownie points by insisting that sharia is, or is not, consistent with the constitution.

Gary Fouse advocates that sharia law is whatever the Caliph of Raqqa says it is. Gary is entitled to his opinion. So is everyone else.