Indiana: Hamas-linked CAIR calls for resignation of councilman who shared post saying Muslims should obey US law

Monday, February 24, 2020
By Paul Martin

BY ROBERT SPENCER
JIHADWATCH.ORG
FEB 24, 2020

Hamas-linked CAIR’s Ibrahim “Honest Ibe” Hooper is enraged, saying: “Just as we called for the resignation of the previous Islamophobic official (Jones), we urge Mr. Stewart to resign from his post and for a person who understands constitutionally guaranteed religious freedoms to be appointed in his place.”

Well, let’s see. Jones said some clearly obnoxious things. But what did Stewart say?

“Last February, Stewart shared a Trump supporter’s post on his private Facebook account that said: ‘I refuse to bend, twist or change to make Muslims feel comfortable in MY COUNTRY. They either adhere to our laws or leave! THIS IS MY COUNTRY! Understood???’”

So he said Muslims should adhere to U.S. laws or leave. This is, or should be, true of anyone: no one who doesn’t intend to obey U.S. laws should be here. Apparently Hooper thinks that violates “constitutionally guaranteed religious freedoms,” or that his easy marks will buy the twaddle he’s selling (in that, he is probably right).

“Stewart also shared a post that described anyone who took the Oath of Office on a Quran, the holy book of Islam, as a traitor, accompanied by a photo of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, who was one of the first two Muslim women sworn into Congress.”

Whenever this kind of thing comes up, there is no discussion of what the Qur’an actually says. It calls for warfare against and the subjugation of unbelievers, second-class status for women, hatred of Jews, and more. So a case can be made that Stewart was right. At very least, the public discussion should take place. The idea that one cannot even raise questions about the wisdom of oath-taking on the Qur’an is in line with the Left’s sinister and increasingly open authoritarianism, but it is not in line with the American principle of free inquiry.

“Stewart told the Kokomo Tribune that he believes America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and that Shariah law directly conflicts with U.S. constitutional law.”

AP doesn’t bother to mention it, but Sharia mandates second-class status for non-Muslims in women, death for homosexuals, warfare against and subjugation of unbelievers, and more that is plainly at variance with U.S. constitutional law.

So Stewart’s points are sound. The fact that he is being called upon to apologize and resign for making them is a sign of how much Hamas-linked CAIR has made inroads into the public square, and stigmatized any honest discussion of the motivating ideology behind jihad violence.

“Indiana official ‘sorry’ for Islamophobic posts won’t resign,” Associated Press, February 20, 2020:

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana councilman whose predecessor resigned after posting Islamophobic comments online says he will not step down after he was also criticized for sharing similar views on Facebook.

Roger Stewart, a member of the Kokomo Common Council, was elected last week by the Howard County Republican Party. He replaced Greg Jones, who resigned Jan. 17, after his Islamophobic and homophobic Facebook posts from 2015 came to light.

Last February, Stewart shared a Trump supporter’s post on his private Facebook account that said: “I refuse to bend, twist or change to make Muslims feel comfortable in MY COUNTRY. They either adhere to our laws or leave! THIS IS MY COUNTRY! Understood???”

Stewart also shared a post that described anyone who took the Oath of Office on a Quran, the holy book of Islam, as a traitor, accompanied by a photo of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, who was one of the first two Muslim women sworn into Congress.

Stewart said Tuesday, after photos of his posts were published online, that he was “incredibly sorry” if he had “shared something offensive to anyone,” adding that hadn’t been his intent. But he said he would not resign.

“I am an imperfect Christian (who) is also a proud American,” Stewart said in a statement to the Kokomo Tribune. “I served our United States proudly as an Army veteran. I take full responsibility for my shared post. These views do not represent my colleagues, friends, or family.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy organization, called on Stewart to step down.

“Just as we called for the resignation of the previous Islamophobic official (Jones), we urge Mr. Stewart to resign from his post and for a person who understands constitutionally guaranteed religious freedoms to be appointed in his place,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

While Jones was running for a council seat in 2015, he posted on Facebook that Muslims are “Goat-Humpers” and said Islam is “a Theocratic Moon Cult.” He also wrote that homosexuality is “a crime against nature.” He has said he regrets saying that.

Stewart told the Kokomo Tribune that he believes America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and that Shariah law directly conflicts with U.S. constitutional law.

Shariah is a broad set of values and principles that serves as guidelines for people who practice Islam, including marriages, funerals, dietary laws and even banking practices. Its interpretation varies depending on the community….

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