Of Motes, Beams, and Holy Wars
by William Norman Grigg
In his Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, James Madison famously denounced the proposal that Virginians – or, for that matter, Americans anywhere else – be compelled to pay so much as “three pence” to support the establishment of religion.
A lawsuit filed in late 2008 by the Thomas More Law Center on behalf of Iraq War veteran Kevin J. Murray accuses the federal government (particularly Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors) of violating Madison’s “three pence” standard by indirectly financing “Sharia-Compliant” investments by way of the American International Group (AIG).
By the time it was nationalized in September 2008, AIG was practically worthless, as its former CEO Maurice Greenberg admitted. It was useful only as a way to facilitate a “backdoor bailout” of Goldman Sachs. Once AIG was nationalized – an action that was unconstitutional on its face, in addition to being a world-historic crime – some of the wealth plundered from taxpayers ended up being used to fund and promote “Sharia-compliant” financial services in Muslim markets.