Families get Sharia Law while Apple Drops Marriage App

In an article from the American Thinker entitled "Sharia Law Is Already Here," a victimized woman and her family have been required to follow Sharia law rather than the criminal and family law of the jurisdiction of new Jersey courts.

"... a NJ court held that a man did not commit rape because according to his belief in Sharia law, a man cannot rape his wife, since the wife serves him. So Sharia law was applied to the mental state element of the crime of rape. An American court actually adopted this barbaric reasoning: '[The defendant] was operating under his belief that it is, as the husband, his desire to have sex when and whether he wanted to, was something that was consistent with his practices and it was something that was not prohibited.' The resulting ruling was that a man was held not responsible for rape, where he would have been convicted without Sharia."

On appeal, however, this ruling was overturned, thankfully for the family and every other family in New Jersey. When a state judge willingly foregoes the laws of the court he or she sits on to apply a foreign rule, that state has voluntarily relinquished its own sovereignty. And this New Jersey ruling is not alone. "Sharia law has been applied in U.S. courts. There are at least seventeen instances of Sharia law being applied in eleven states..." You may read the entire piece, which comments on the dangers of such rulings, at: http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/11/shaira_law_is_already_here.html.

In another article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2010/jul/05/sharia-law-religious-courts, the United Kingdom has already chosen to relinquish their own sovereignty to provide for Sharia law, most notably in families, particularly to oppress women and children. One Report entitled "'Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights,' reveals the adverse effect of sharia courts on family law. Under sharia's civil code, a woman's testimony is worth half of a man's. A man can divorce his wife by repudiation, whereas a woman must give justifications, some of which are difficult to prove. Child custody reverts to the father at a preset age; women who remarry lose custody of their children even before then; and sons inherit twice the share of daughters."

Decisions like these do not restore individuals or families. Rather, they weaken families, and the jurisdictions that apply such rules. Strengthening the rights of just one individual in the family who the others rely on can only bring the demise of the family, and the destruction of any oneness in the marriage. Destroying the foundation of the family (marriage) destroys the family itself, and the future of the children with it.

At the same time in America, top sociologists and scholars drafted and published a document signed by half a million Christians to protect human life, marriage and the family, called the Manhattan Declaration. It became an iPod and iPhone application soon thereafter, with a top rating for Apple. Last week, however, Apple chose to drop its app for the Manhattan Declaration, due to a recent protest. Read that article at

America can tolerate oppressive sharia law, foregoing the Rule of Law to apply sharia to oppress its people, while American business fears marriage and family - the very foundation of the nation.

These steps are a wake up call. They have made family restoration much more challenging, for individuals, families, and the lawyers who represent them. Your awareness of them, however, can make all the difference for your family, and maybe a family you know. Families are not strengthened by sharia law, or a fear of protecting marriage and human life. Families are restored and strengthened by application of the Rule of Law to afford marriage the stability it deserves as the foundation of the family.

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