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Phares to 630 WMAL: "Sharia Law is about Law and thus can be argued with at will"
By walidphares.com editor
Nov 11, 2010, 13:25

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Dr Walid Phares in a radio Interview




Washington DC, November 11, 2010

In an interview on 630 WMAL's The Grandy Group Show -- top morning drive talk radio show in Washington, D.C. -- hosted by former congressman and Hollywood celebrity Fred Grandy and co-host Bryan Nehman, Professor Walid Phares said "Sharia Law as called for by the Islamists is not a set of religious beliefs period. It is not a series of theological and moral values period. Had it been only spiritual, theological, liberal constitutions, and the US constitutions would (and are) protect it. Sharia Law is about laws. And laws are in the realm of public domain affecting real lives of people outside religious duties, obligations and rights per se."

Phares, a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington is also a visiting scholar at the European Foundation for Democracy in Brussels. He argued that "once Sharia Law is introduced into the realm of positive law and has legal consequences is ceases from being a set of religious beliefs in the eyes of the Constitution and of citizens, whatever its origins are. Its legal dimension becomes social and thus can be the subject of acceptance, voting, rejection and ban, if needed and when needed."

Phares, who advises members of the US Congress and the European Parliament on Jihadism has served as an expert on religious freedoms and persecution with Immigration Courts for 18 years across the country. He told WMAL's hosts Grandy and Nehman that "parts of Sharia deals with issues that affects family status, inheritance and other related issues but the larger parts of Sharia are about obligations and rights to citizens. The latter, argued Phares, divides citizenry into two communities with different set of rights, in most cases obviously with one community having more rights. Hence it is absolutely constitutional and moral that citizens rejects Sharia as a legal system that takes away their rights."

Asked if these state votes were necessary because the Constitution does protect society from these legal breaches, Phares said "it all depends on the guardians of society. Had Congress and the President informed the public that Sharia will not serve as a source to positive law in our secular democracy, as any other theological source, the public wouldn't have needed to vote additional measures. But it is the lack of leadership and direction from the top which is forcing citizens to protect themselves under the Constitution.

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