A Constitutional Amendment to Ban Islam - Part II

A Constitutional Amendment to Ban Islam - Part II

by Sheila Musaji


Back in 2007, I published an article A Constitutional Amendment to Ban Islam? when a site called Pedestrian Infidel had first posted a proposal for a Constitutional Amendment to ban Islam.  At that time, I said that this would be simply the laughable paranoia of a lunatic fringe group - except for the fact tha some mainstream folks with political influence have made comments that are just as alarming.

A few days ago Pedestrian Infidel posted a new article Has the time come to ban Islam in America?.  In this article they claim that the comments of Rep. Herman Cain about the banning of mosques by local communities being an acceptable practice (as well as other comments) has led them restate their message. 

They say:

“A set of laws, Shariah law.” By that, Mr. Cain means that Islam is a political system, and not just a religion. It seems that such an idea, long considered heresy in the mainstream political establishment, is at last percolating up from the grassroots. This is probably in no small part due to the efforts of many indefatigable activists and advocates of freedom like Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, both of whom have been arguing for many years that Islam is more akin to a political ideology, with a clear and present political agenda, than anything resembling a purely spiritual belief system.

... Should Cain’s assertions be taken to heart and acted upon by any community in America, the defenders of Islam in CAIR and their progressive friends are likely to reach for the First Amendment in their defense quicker than you can say ‘Jihad’. And to that end, these defenders would have a point. Islam has traditionally been accepted as a religion with First Amendment protections.

Is there a response? If the idea that Islam—not ‘extreme’ or ‘radical’ or ‘militant’ Islam, but Islam as its founder created and intended it—is a dangerous, totalitarian political ideology of conquest, then we as a country must be prepared to go beyond individual communities banning a mosque here or there. We must be prepared for a comprehensive national response that deals with Islam and its pernicious and inseparable counterpart, Shariah law. A patchwork system as proposed by Herman Cain, with individual communities acting on their own, while well intended, would surely fail. A national response is not only practical, but vitally necessary.

To that end, a proposed constitutional amendment has already been proposed, an amendment that would acknowledge and identify Islam not as merely a ‘religion’, but as an enemy ideology, an amendment that strips away Islam’s heretofore First Amendment protections. Imagine the following change to the US Constitution:

So, if American Muslims were to object to losing their religious freedom, or any other freedoms for that matter, they are likely in their stealth-jihadist way to resort to that most Islamic of all documents, the Constitution of the United States of America.  What colossal gall. 

And, then they propose the wording of this amendment:

Be it resolved that the following Amendment to the Constitution be adopted:
Article I

The social/political/ideological system known around the world as Islam is not recognized in the United States as a religion.

The practice of Islam is therefore not protected under the 1st Amendment as to freedom of religion and speech.

Article II

As representatives of Islam around the world have declared war, and committed acts of war, against the United States and its democratic allies around the world, Islam is hereby declared an enemy of the United States and its practice within the United States is now prohibited.

Article III

Immediately upon passage of this Amendment all Mosques, schools and Muslim places of worship and religious training are to be closed, converted to other uses, or destroyed. Proceeds from sales of such properties may be distributed to congregations of said places but full disclosure of all proceeds shall be made to an appropriate agency as determined by Congress. No compensation is to be offered by Federal or State agencies for losses on such properties however Federal funding is to be available for the demolishing of said structures if other disposition cannot be made.

The preaching of Islam in Mosques, Schools, and other venues is prohibited. The subject of Islam may be taught in a post high school academic environment provided that instruction include discussion of Islam’s history of violence, conquest, and its ongoing war on democratic and other non-Islamic values.

The preaching or advocating of Islamic ideals of world domination, destruction of America and democratic institutions, jihad against Judaism, Christianity and other religions, and advocating the implementation of Sharia law shall in all cases be punishable by fines, imprisonment, deportation, and death as prescribed by Congress. Violent expressions of these and other Muslim goals, or the material support of those both in the United States and around the world who seek to advance these Islamic goals shall be punishable by death.

Muslims will be denied the opportunity to immigrate to the United States.

Article IV

Nothing in this amendment shall be construed as authorizing the discrimination against, of violence upon, nor repudiation of the individual rights of those Americans professing to be Muslim. The individual right of conscience is sacrosanct and the practice of Islam within the privacy of home and self is strictly protected to the extent that such individuals do not violate the prohibitions described in Article III.

This is beyond comprehension.  The practice of Islam “within the United States is now prohibited”.  “All Mosques, schools and Muslim places of worship and religious training are to be closed, converted to other uses, or destroyed.”  “No compensation is to be offered by Federal or State agencies for losses on such properties however Federal funding is to be available for the demolishing of said structures if other disposition cannot be made.”  “Muslims will be denied the opportunity to immigrate to the United States.”

But, according to “The Anti-Jihadist”, this does not represent any sort of prejudice, bigotry, injustice, discrimination, or violation of the principles upon which our great country was founded.  Only a deviant Muslim animal could think such a thing. 

Nothing in this amendment shall be construed as authorizing the discrimination against, of violence upon, nor repudiation of the individual rights of those Americans professing to be Muslim. The individual right of conscience is sacrosanct and the practice of Islam within the privacy of home and self is strictly protected to the extent that such individuals do not violate the prohibitions described in Article III.

And, he closes with this:

Like it or not, this would certainly address any Muslim appeal to the First Amendment. But while admittedly imperfect, and probably politically impossible at the present time, Amendment 28 does give us an idea of how far Americans will probably have to go to protect their freedom. Of course the leftists and Muslims will cry foul, and more. But what if we don’t act and Islam is allowed to continue its ascendancy in America?  What if there’s 10,000 mosques, 20 million Muslims and enclaves of shariah law slash ‘no go areas’ in most major U.S. cities, as is now the case in Europe?  Would it then be easier or more difficult to act in our self defense? What are the costs if we fail to act now, or soon?   

Herman Cain merely said what a whole lot of smart people have been thinking (and saying) for a very long time. Amendment 28 is an idea whose time has come.

I believe that Herman Cain has apologized to the American Muslim community for the statements that he made that might have been construed as anti-Muslim.  Cain said “I am truly sorry for comments that may have betrayed my commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it. Muslims, like all Americans, have the right to practice their faith freely and peacefully.”

Perhaps Rep. Cain, like many other elected representatives did not stop to think about just how seriously people might take his original negative comments. 

Or, perhaps Rep. Allen West will invite Pedestrian Infidel to present this amendmentment as his next presentation about Islam to Congress.  It fits right in with the presentation he hosted this week.

This is where such comments lead, and I believe that it is time that those who represent all Americans in Congress and the Senate speak out against the tide of Islamophobia that does no honor to anyone.

These Islamophobic sites like Pedestrian Infidel multiply the effect of their organized propaganda campaign by endlessly circulating this crap.  For example, Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch site lists Pedestrian Infidel on their blogroll.  Jihad Watch regularly posts articles from Pedestrian Infidel usually marked “posted by The Anti-Jihadist”. 



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