Fri 3 Apr 2009
Most of us probably passed April Fools Day with only minor irritations. After all, fooling in jest is sort of fun. Then there are those fools who seem to operate 365 days a year and stream into our consciousness non stop. Take, for example (and it is a very foolish example that unfortunately fools quite a few people) Fox News Facts (and please forgive the oxymoron but remember the moron part). On April 1 anchoress Alisyn Camerota interviewed one Nonie Darwish about the appointment of Harold Koh, a former dean at Yale, to be the State Department legal advisor. The following is the transcript, and you can watch the video here.
ALISYN CAMEROTA (Fox anchor): The White House is defending its nominee to be State Department Legal Adviser. Now, some of the criticism of this nominee, Harold Koh, is based on remarks that he reportedly made saying that Islamic Sharia law should apply in U.S. courts, even though those laws are used in some countries to justify stripping women of basic rights and even worse, frankly.
Nonie Darwish is with the group Arabs for Israel. She is also the author of the book “Cruel and Usual Punishment.” Nonie, thanks for joining us this morning.
NONIE DARWISH: My pleasure, thank you.
CAMEROTA (Fox): So this man, Harold Koh, this potential State Department nominee has impressive credentials. He’s a Dean at Yale University, but he also has a history of supporting Sharia law — even here in the U.S. What are some of the things that he has said in the past that has raised eyebrows?
DARWISH; Well, uh, I heard that he doesn’t mind referring to laws, foreign laws and integrating them into the U.S. legal system. It’s very hard for me to imagine that an American official can incorporate Sharia law, because Sharia is totally at odds with our bill of rights, and our Constitution. Sharia does not allow freedom of religion. It dscriminates against women, against non-Muslims. There is no equal rights under Sharia.
A Muslim head of state can come to power through seizure of power, not through elections. A Muslim head of state must be obeyed even if he is unjust. A Muslim woman can be beaten by her husband. There are so many laws that are totally against our Constitution.
CAMEROTA (Fox):Does it go so far to recommend honor killings in the event that a woman has done something inappropriate, or even public stonings?
DARWISH: Sharia law does not discriminate between crime and sexual sin, so you can have somebody who murders a non-Muslim and if you murder a non-Muslim, you won’t have the death penalty. But if a woman commits a sexual crime, like having a boyfriend, it is legal to kill a woman who commits apostasy or commits sexual crime. There are three murders allowed under Sharia law. The first one is to kill an apostate. The second to kill an adulterer, and to kill a highway robber. A Muslim can kill a non-Muslim and he will never get the death penalty.
CAMEROTA (Fox):Sorry to interrupt you, Nonie, but the picture we’re seeing there is of that nominee, Harold Koh. He reportedly back in 2007 told the Yale Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, that, quote, “in an appropriate case, he didn’t see any reason why Sharia law would not be applied to govern a case in the United States.” What might that appropriate case be?
DARWISH: I cannot think of one case that can bring us any benefit from Sharia. While there are many people in the Middle East fighting Sharia, and, we are not doing a service to the reformists in the Middle East by acknowledging that Sharia is the kind of law that we can respect here in America. Sharia is totally barbaric. It is anti-woman. It is anti non-Muslims, and uh, I cannot even think of one thing except the brutal punishment of criminals.
CAMEROTA (Fox):Okay now very quickly, since the Obama Administration surely knows Harold Koh’s position on this, why would they be tagging him as the State Department nominee?
DARWISH: Perhaps he is trying to appease Muslim countries, but this is the wrong kind of policy because we’re standing against progress in the Muslim world. The Muslim world has a lot of reformers who are trying to progress because the laws of Sharia support Jihad. Supports Jihad against non-Muslims. It is the duty of a Muslim head of state to do Jihad, and by Jihad, the definition of Jihad according to mainstream Sharia books is a war with non-Muslims to establish the religion.
Do we want to confirm that Jihad is ok against us in America? This is Sharia!
CAMEROTA (Fox): Excellent question. Nonie Darwish, thank you so much for joining us this morning and giving us all of this background.
DARWISH: Thank you very much, my pleasure.
The Fox-fixed “fact” noted in the article is the kind of can-do innuendo that permeates the reporting and retorting on the entire Murdoch-murdered network. Here is what was posted on the website the day before: “A March 21, 2007, blog posting on National Review’s Web site shows a letter written by New York attorney Steven J. Stein to Koh, challenging Koh for supposedly saying during a speech to the Yale Club of Greenwich that year that Islamic law could apply to disputes in U.S. courts.” The source: a blog post on a letter about what someone supposedly heard in a speech.
So who better to analyze this legal claim than someone from “Arabs for Israel” (back to oxymorons with the emphasis on morons or is this a new Mel Brooks movie)? Consider her credentials as author of Cruel and Usual Punishment is a wake up call to the Western world. (following on her equally fairmindlessed Now They Call Me infidel). As for her latest book, here is the blurb on Amazon:
Product Description: Nonie Darwish presents an insider’s look at Sharia and examines how radical Muslim laws are destroying the Western world from within. Living under Sharia law for the first thirty years of her life,a virtual slave to Islamic law, Darwish never questioned or challenged her rights–or dared to even think about the validity of Sharia laws. She didn’t try to examine what Sharia was, how it came about or why she followed it. “This is Allah’s law,” she was told, and she knew what awaited those who questioned Allah’s law.
But she doesn’t believe the lies anymore, and now she wants to share her experiences with the Western world. Cruel and Usual Punishment is an insider’s look at how Muslims sacrifice their basic human rights to obey the archaic and brutal laws handed down to their prophet centuries ago.
Heed this warning: Sharia Law is attempting to infiltrate Western culture and destroy democracy.
No, heed this warning: Ignorant Islamophobic self-promoters are already infiltrating our media and destroying common sense.
Fox News needs to update its mantra to We distort, you will have a hard time deciding.
Daniel Martin Varisco
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