Legislators Question Motives Driving CAIR Event at Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY – State Reps. John Bennett and Dan Fisher said today that they question the motives of the Oklahoma chapter of the Center for American-Islamic Relations in planning a Muslim Day at the Capitol event on Friday, February 27, 2015.

“I would discourage all Oklahomans from associating with an organization such as CAIR at the Capitol,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw. “CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator of the largest terrorism financing trial in U.S. History. CAIR is the organization that successfully filed an injunction to stop the anti-Sharia law passed by a super majority of Oklahomans a few years ago. CAIR was also designated a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates.”

“Due to recent violent murders, including children, as well as the abuse of women, I worry about how the radical Islamic agenda might infiltrate the U.S.,” said Fisher, R-Yukon. “CAIR is an organization that has been associated with radical Islam, including by the United Arab Emirates. For that reason, we suspect their true motives to be an indirect attempt to implement Sharia law in the United States.”

The legislators said they support the right of all Americans to assemble, but reject the message of CAIR Oklahoma and will not participate in their rally. 

“Any organization that has proven ties to terrorism that has cost American and Oklahoma lives should not be given any support,” Bennett said. “Sharia courts have already been found in Texas. The imams in Texas have claimed these courts are tribunals, but that’s just semantics. We Americans cannot and should not allow any form of Sharin law to infiltrate America. It erodes American values and democracy.”

“We citizens of the U.S. are guided by our laws defined by the U.S. Constitution,” Fisher said. “Sharia law covers public behavior, private behavior and private beliefs. Of all legal systems in the world today, Sharia law is the most intrusive and strict, especially against women. Europe is already home to many radical Islamic ‘no go zones.’ We must attempt to keep such things from happening in Oklahoma.

According to the Sharia law, which CAIR has defended:

•  Criticism or denial of any part of the Quran is punishable by death,
•  Criticism or denial of Muhammad as a prophet is punishable by death,
•  Departure from the faith by a Muslim is punishable by death,
•  A man can marry an infant girl and consummate the marriage when she is 9,
•  A woman can have one husband, but a man can have up to four wives,
•  A man can unilaterally divorce his wife, but a woman needs her husband’s consent,
•  A man can beat his wife for insubordination,
•  Testimonies of four male witnesses are required to prove rape against a woman,
•  A woman who has been raped cannot testify in court against her rapist or rapists,
•  A woman’s testimony in court, allowed only in property cases, carries half the weight of a man’s, and
•  A woman cannot speak alone to a man who is not her husband or relative.