Former speaker of House, and Donald Trump lackey extraordinaire, Newt Gingrich and said the time has come to “test” all American Muslims to find out if they are a threat to the country, in wake of the attack in Nice, France.
“Let me be as blunt and as direct as I can be: Western civilization is in a war,” Gingrich said. “We should, frankly, test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia, they should be deported. Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization.”
He, however, did point out the U.S. was “perfectly happy” to accept “modern” Muslims who do not follow Sharia.
The statement came in response to the terror attack in Nice, in which an attacker in a truck mowed over hundreds of people, while they were celebrating Bastille Day, killing 84 and injuring at least a 100.
According to Nice Matin, the local newspaper, the attacker was a French resident of Tunisian origin, although his religion is yet to be determined. Regardless of what faith he belonged to, Gingrich’s statement is in violation with the First Amendment —which states “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” — by demanding the deportation of Muslims, which also include natural born citizens belonging to Muslim families.
He also stated anyone who checks out websites favoring Al-Qaeda, ISIS or other terrorist groups should be considered a felon and be sent to jail — which is highly absurd because it’s just as probable that non-Muslims also check out these website out of curiosity.
It’s obvious Gingrich doesn’t understand exactly what Sharia means.
At its most basic level, Sharia is the collective efforts of Muslims to understand and apply the teachings of Quran and the Prophet Muhammad, called “sunnah” in order to earn God’s pleasure. Although religious observances (like prayers, fasting etc.) are personal matters between God and an individual, the social-justice matters are subject to change in accordance to the circumstances.
In fact, Sharia obliges Muslims to remain loyal to their nation of residence, which means American Muslims must adhere to the U.S. Constitution. Furthermore, Sharia forbids it to be imposed on an unwilling person and never through government interference.
Organizations that kill innocents in the name of their so-called Sharia have ignored the fundamental principles that Islam stands on. In fact, in today’s world, not a single country exists that is truly Sharia-compliant. Freedom of religion, freedom of thought and freedom of speech are all characteristics of Sharia law, and nations who tout themselves as ardent followers of the law are hardly justified in their beliefs.
In the US, "Sharia" and "Jihad" and "Islam" are synonymous in many spaces.— Khaled Bey (@KhaledBeydoun) July 15, 2016
That measure of ignorance is frightening.
@ItsYeezySeason the problem is that you don't know what sharia means.— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) July 15, 2016
Apparently a lot of ppl who know nothing abt Islam are now experts on Islam and sharia, telling Muslims what their religion *actually* says— Shadi Hamid (@shadihamid) July 15, 2016
ISIS breaks every principle of sharia, except the cartoonish exterior looks.— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) July 15, 2016
That said, Gingrich’s statement seems awfully like an attempt to gain favor with Donald Trump amid reports that the presumptive GOP nominee is going to choose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. It reeks of xenophobia, which is, of course, in accordance with the boorish billionaire’s anti-Muslim agenda.
So, instead of banning Muslims from entering the United States, Gingrich went a step further and proposes to kick out Muslims who already have their home here.
Gingrich might not accomplish anything from his suggestion to test American-Muslim over Sharia, but he has certainly exposed himself as an incredibly ignorant person who is also a giant bigot.