Here’s Diana West’s essay on the latest example of the in-progress eradication of the First Amendment, a legally binding suppression of freedom of speech by an American Court of Law, as it has been imposed upon Pastor Terry Jones of Gainesville, Florida. Jones, of Koran-burning fame, and his assistant pastor have been banned from a public area, the neighborhood of the largest Islamic Center within the United States of America, for the next three years.
The decision establishes a zone wherein criticism of, or protest against, Islam (known as the crime of Blasphemy in Muslim Law) is banned, under penalty of criminal law. As Diana points out, this is a landmark decision, putting Shariah above question or protest within a particular area of a State of the Union.
Moreover, it establishes a dangerous precedent for other Courts of Law to use in bolstering subsequent similar decisions that are sure to follow throughout the nation. You may rest assured that Imams all over our nation and all over the world have taken notes on this one. And they are celebrating a major victory.
Further, the District Court of Law in Michigan provided a building block, or an open door as the lawyers like to call it, for a future nation-wide ban on any criticism of Islamic doctrine within the United States of America. This particular piece of ante-facto litigation will not be the last one that is filed by advocates of replacing our Constitution with Muslim law. I will bet you that Muslim attorneys will now walk through that open door and bring similar actions, both civil and criminal, using this decision as the basis for their filings.
Diana’s essay follows:
“Writing at The Corner, Nina Shea recaps the latest in the saga of Terry Jones, who has been trying to take a peaceful, non-flammable protest of sharia and jihad to the sidewalk outside the largest mosque in America in Dearborn, Michigan only to be outlawed by the Michigan District Court. Like all other envelop-pushing cases, this latest incident serves as a stress test of the rule of law in our society. And, like most other such envelop-pushing cases, it proves that the rule of law is strong – only the law that is strong is sharia (Islamic) law.
The Michigan District Court’s egregious ruling against Jones is all about protecting Islam from criticism, rather than about protecting criticism from Islam, which is what US jurisprudence, not to mention the American Way, demands. It is sharia that the U S court is enforcing.
One particularly hideous aspect of the ruling bars Pastor Jones and his colleague Assistant Pastor Wayne Sapp from visiting the vicinity of this mosque for the next three years. Jones and Sapp are American citizens; the area the court has barred to them is in American territory. With this ruling, the judge has made the court both the creator and also the enforcer of what amounts to a public, criticism-free and protest-free zone for Islam, a place in USA where “blasphemy” against Islam is against the law.
“No-go-zone” is what we call those pits in Europe where violence and intimidation of non-Muslims have ethnically cleansed areas to a point of Islamic purity and de facto Islamic law. Where Islamic courts are recognized, as in the UK, where Islamic law is recognized, as in the premise of the cases against Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff in Austria, Lars Hedegaard in Denmark and others, Western courts are increasingly bending to, incorporating and implementing Islamic law. In Jones’ case, the Michigan court seems to be doing something a little different. By physically carving out a criticism-free area for Islam, the Michigan Court is making history by creating the first de jure, physically defined no-go-zone in theUSA, maybe in the whole Western world.
This is leaping, not creeping, sharia.”
And it is the beginning of the end of the First Amendment to the Constitution of The United States. Or, perhaps it is just plain the end.