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Submitted by Jim C (United States), Mar 16, 2003 at 12:35

The US Constitution protects the right of individuals to practice whatever religion they choose- within limits. Cannabilism, head hunting, etc. are not allowed. Because the constitution protects the rights of individuals to life and property, a "religion" that encourages followers to violate the rights of other citizens is not recognized as a protected religion (you are free to believe what you want, but you are not allowed to put such ideas into practice).

Given that many Muslims seem to think that the Constitution should be replaced by Sharia law (which mandates persecution of non-Muslims), it should be assumed that those who believe in the supremacy of Sharia do not respect the rights of others. It should also be assumed that they do not support the Constitution. It is entirely reasonable to require that any Muslim visitor or resident alien or candidate for citizenship or (especially !) candidate for government job be required to expicitly denounce the goal of establishing Sharia law. This is already implicit in a citizenship or government employment oath, but it needs to be made clear that those who advocate Sharia law are in league with the terrorists. Event if Sharia law could be established "peacefully" (as the "moderate" Muslims claim they want), it would still require the overthrow of our constitutional government.

An imported Muslim preacher (whether visitor or resident or naturalized citizen) who advocates the establishment of Sharia law (or any persecution of non-Muslims) should be held in violation of his oath and prompty deported (or executed for treason if a citizen). A government employee who indicates that his Muslim religion interferes with his duties should be fired and banned from any future government emplyment. A Muslim government employee who assists other Muslims in avoiding investigation is a traitor.
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