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Fla. State Senator: We Need to “Vaccinate” Against Shariah

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Fla. State Senator: We Need to “Vaccinate” Against Shariah

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As I reported in a piece for the print magazine last summer, Florida has emerged as sort of the Thunderdome of the anti-Shariah movement, with a host of lawmakers at the municipal, state, and federal level working hand-in-hand with a dedicated group of activists to combat the invisble spectre of Islamic law. Shariah isn’t coming to South Florida, but that hasn’t stopped the state legislature from trying—again—to ban it from being used in state courts.

On Friday, the South Florida chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations blasted out this video, in which state Sen. Alan Hays, the bill’s Republican sponsor, compares stopping Shariah to getting a polio vaccination:

When you were a child, did your parents have you vaccinated against different diseases? That was a preemptive gesture on their part for which I would hope you’re very thankful. And this is very similar to that. Your mom and dad would not want you to get sick from one of those dreadful diseases, and I don’t want any American to be in a Florida courtroom and have their constitutional rights violated by any foreign law. That’s it. It’s not that complicated.

By all accounts, Hays considers the threat posed by Islamic law quite dire. The Miami Herald reported earlier in March that the senator had distributed anti-Shariah literature in the halls of the state capitol. Per the Herald, the fliers “present Islam as a threat to the United States,” and invoke lawmakers to pass legislation to “save us from an internal attack” and “protect our freedom.”

That is, if the pythons don’t get us first.

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  • George Carty

    The metaphor of “vaccination” would be more appropriately applied to the Qur’an itself than to Shari’ah law, as the Qur’an has an uncanny ability to break people’s will to resist (I’m guessing that’s why Richard Dawkins doesn’t dare read it):

    ‘I had absolutely no expectation or desire to end up where I am,’ she
    says. ‘It was almost with trepidation that I kept turning the pages and
    the trepidation just increased. I kept thinking: “OK, where’s the flaw?
    Where’s the bit that doesn’t make sense?” But it never came. And then it
    was like: “Oh no, I can see where this is leading. This is disastrous. I
    don’t want to be a Muslim!’

    (“The New Face of Islam”, London Evening Standard, March 2002)

    You cannot simply read the Qur’an, not if you take it seriously. You either have surrendered to it already or you fight it. It attacks tenaciously, directly, personally; it debates, criticizes, shames, and challenges. From the outset it draws the line of battle, and I was on the other side. I was at a severe disadvantage, for it became clear that the Author knew me better than I knew myself. The Qur’an was always way ahead of my thinking; it was erasing barriers I had built years ago and was addressing my queries

    (Dr. Jeffrey Lang, Struggling to Surrender)

  • bill reitzes

    I have listened to this clip over a dozen times and don’t hear him saying a word about Sharia Law. What he does say, is that he wants to protect American’s Constitutional Rights against any foreign law. The metaphor “vaccinated” does seem a little strange though.
    As State Senator, isn’t he sworn to defend the Constitution of the US?
    Aren’t all Americans sworn to defend and protect the Constitution of the US?

  • Tanveer Khan

    Interesting….I shall pass this on to the scientists. Thank you Senor Izangi

  • AlKhalil

    I would recommend Congress to begin their sessions with reciting Surat al-Fatiha. Then, when they are calling on members to vote, they should invoke the Azan and only change the phrase “Hayy Ala Alsalah” to “Hayy Ala Altasweet.”

  • Just_Stopping_By

    The real issue here is obviously that a vaccination is typically composed of a weakened form of what you want to protect against. Thus, a “sharia vaccine” would involve implementing a touch of sharia.

    I nominate mandatory “Porkless Fridays” as the appropriate vaccine!

    Mecca Mondays (in which everyone must turn to face Mecca five times), Wudu Wednesdays, and Salat Saturdays are also acceptable. Other suggestions are welcome.

  • golden izanagi

    interesting though I kinda thought that it might be as simple as getting as drunk as this guy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xvj4Ud-RKrM while looking at glenn becks ever changing chalkboard of crazy conspiracies that would prevent the “sharia disease” from taking over.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    When should one be vaccinated against Sharia? Soon small government Republicans will be pushing mandatory vaccinations at your local pharmacy.

  • Tanveer Khan

    It has been discovered that if you: look at a muslim women with hijab; dont make pointless anti-shariah laws; dont call the Prophet PBUH that word; dont attack taxi drivers and dont insult muslims as a whole then you contract Sharia disease.

  • Rights

    Yes indeed. Why not. Senators first, senator. Drop it, so that it can be up yours.

  • Reynardine

    Normally, I don’t hold with the idea that vaccinations cause mental disease or defect. In this case, however….

  • golden izanagi

    I am quite interested on how one even contracts the “sharia disease” anyway does one have to get bitten by “muslim zombie” sit through too many episodes of all american muslim, rage quitting at aliens colonial marines its a mystery I hope will get solved.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Really? Fascinating! What a service to humanity science has done. xD

  • mindy1

    Is there an anti stupidity vaccine??? 😛

  • mindy1

    Yes, it’s related to Taqiua

  • Tanveer Khan

    Science has discovered a microbe called sharia? Cool

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