When the founding fathers of the United States created the Constitution of the United States, they built into the document constraints against, among other things, the excesses of the Church of England. At that time, the Church of England was the only accepted form of religion sanctioned by the English King, and was largely a product of the wars against Catholicism and the French . Nevertheless, the founders of the United States went to great lengths to insure that no government under the Constitution could establish and maintain a state-sanctioned religion.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

Judiciaries and analysts henceforth have interpreted that to become the doctrine of “separation of Church and State” with liberal extensions of the definition of church to include such oddities as The Partridge Family Temple, The Church of Least Resistance, or The First Church of Jesus Christ, Elvis. Ingrained in American society is a tolerance for religion, but this very tolerance could become the cancer destroying the fabric of American society.

Seldom in the the papers of the founding fathers, or in the numerous journals and diaries these gentlemen produced, was there the consideration of a religion that itself was a form of Government. (John Q. Adams seems to have, in fact, some acquaintance with Islam.) In fact, the entire concept of Islam would have been anathema to these men as this represented what the Church of England had become in their minds. With the practice of religion tied to Shariah Law, itself inimical to the rights enumerated in the first and other Amendments, Islam was explicitly what the Founders sought to avoid—a church intrinsically tied to the State.

Alas, in today’s environment, any attempt to preserve the American Way, or preserve choice among the people, is blocked when that choice runs up against Shariah. The particular case of the Minneapolis taxi drivers refusing to carry alcohol is one example. Otherwise well meaning people, when confronted with the dichotomy which is Islam, opt for the first amendment language protecting religion. As a result, Shariah Law is building a foothold in the United States. How many local ordinances against loud noises in the morning will be voided in the name of the first amendment when mosques begin their 5:00 AM muezzin prayer calls.

Anticipating the rise of Islam in the United States, (and Islam as a religious practice divorced of the Shariah, can and should be allowed) a safeguard will be required to protect the basic fundamentals of the Constitution. To this end I propose that the Constitution be amended to explicitly address the exclusion of Shariah Law within the United States and its possessions. This is the best and easiest way to avoid the trap constructed within the Constitution: i.e., that the First Amendment dictates that we must allow, as a religion, a system whose practice is contrary to the balance of the Bill of Rights.

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