Shari’a finance in the dock
The action challenges the United States government’s broad policy and practice of approving, endorsing, promoting, funding, and supporting Shari’a-compliant financial products and business plans, such as Takaful Insurance. The governmental policy and practice conveys a message of endorsement and promotion of Shari’a-based Islam and its religious beliefs and an accompanying message of disfavour of and hostility toward Christianity and Judaism and their religious beliefs in violation of the Establishment Clause.
As US history reveals, the Nation was founded upon values that acknowledge the importance of religion, respect for the right of conscience, and respect for the free exercise of religion. These values, which are Christian values, are enshrined in the religion clauses of the First Amendment.
The Shari’a-based Islamic religious practices and activities that the government-owned AIG engages in — activities that are funded and financially supported by American taxpayers, including the plaintiff, who is forced to contribute to them — are antithetical to the Nation’s values, customs, and traditions with regard to religious liberty, religious tolerance, and the proscriptions of the First Amendment. These government-funded activities not only convey a message of disfavour of and hostility toward Christians, Jews, and those who do not follow or abide by Islamic law based on the Qur’an or the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed, but they also embody actual commercial practices which are pervasively sectarian and which disfavour Christians, Jews, and other ‘infidels’, including Americans.
The entire lawsuit is outlined here, and Cranmer’s readers and communicants will note that the case is being heard in the Thomas More Law Center.
His legacy endures and it is a wonder that it remains associated with issues of conscience and religious liberty.