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Conference Encouraging Implementation of Islamic Law at UPenn

February 25, 2011

A conference entitled "Constructive Roles for Islamic Law in Western Society" is taking place on Saturday February 26th at UPenn. The scheduled speakers are Prof. Asifa Quraishi, Board of National Association of Muslim Lawyers; Prof. Mohammad Fadel, University of Toronto; Prof. Michael McMillen, University of Pennsylvania. The organizers include The Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA), National Muslim Law Students Association (NMLSA) and Muslim Students Association at Penn (MSA). The event will feature a job and career fair and a chance to meet the Dean of Admissions for UPenn Law.

The announcement for the conference makes no secret of it's Islamist agenda:

"The goal this year is to make this an event that is well attended and relevant to all students, academia and professionals with an interest in the law or Islam. The purpose of the event is to engage in constructive dialogue to dispel some of the myths regarding Islamic law, and the constructive role Islam can play within the broader American society, especially through the legal and financial system." http://www.law.upenn.edu/groups/mlsa/careerfair/template_27637%20backup/site%20copy/index.html

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MIM: Excerpt from an article by J. Matt Barber entitled "Mainstreaming Radical Islam"

"Although the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations certainly represent a sizeable menace, I think there remains a more subtle, yet equally ominous threat to our way of life. I recently received an email from the National Muslim Law Students Association promoting an upcoming conference at Penn Law on February 26. As I began to read, my jaw dropped. The conference is titled: "Constructive Roles for Islamic Law in Western Society." "Constructive roles?" I thought. "For Shariah law?" I read further. As it turns out, Asifa Quraishi, a University of Wisconsin law professor and founding member of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers, is to speak. Among other things, Quraishi has advocated incorporating Shariah law, through "local Muslim tribunals," into the US judiciary. In a paper headlined: "No Altars: A Survey of Islamic Family Law in the United States," she wrote: "The attitude of the US courts to the rise of these tribunals is yet unknown, but there is indication that some judges would welcome the existence of reliable arbiters of Islamic family law issues, and may even be undertaking their own consultation from Muslim authorities in the interim." This begs the question: Which parts of Shariah do we incorporate? The provision that renders women chattel to be beaten or killed with impunity? Or how about the death penalty for homosexuals? What about the part offering the choice between conversion to Islam, enslavement or death? Keep in mind, Quraishi is no fly-by-night radical. She was actually tapped by the Obama administration to accompany Hillary Clinton at last year's U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. This is frog in the pot kind of stuff. Whereas violent Islamic terrorists might prefer to take-out toady with a suicide bomber, more "moderate" Islamists appear to favor bringing down Western civilization from within by turning up the heat ever-so-slowly. And they're using liberal academia and our own constitutional freedoms to do it."


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