The Quintessence of Dumbshitia

Maybe it’s time to  start a new thread.

The image is from an email sent to me by an entity calling itself “Trump News.” It is abundantly clear  this has no connection to President Trump, but Trump News purports to carry “the top conservative topics today.” I’m thinking if I want to know what interests conservatives, this is a go-to place. I juiced up the image so you could read the hyperlink at the bottom. Here’s what it linked to:

FINALLY! Sharia Law Has Been Totally OUTLAWED – Muslims In This State Are Going BALLISTIC!

This was posted a week ago by , and I am just now getting around to it.

But look at the screaming headline. Notice the use of all caps. Muslims are going BALLISTIC! It’s worth checking out:

Finally, one of the states of our union had the GUTS to officially BAN Sharia Law as having any legal authority.

Seems it should be obvious, but with political correctness run amok, we now need to officially declare that Islamic laws hold no sway over Americans.

Breitbart reports:

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 45, more commonly known as “American Laws for American Courts,” or ALAC. It prohibits the use of any foreign law in the state’s courts, specifically in family cases that involve marriage or parent-child relationship matters.

One of the bill’s co-authors Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano) thanked the governor, who signed HB 45 on Wednesday. Leach called the law “vitally important bill to further safeguard and protect our Constitutional rights!” In the last legislative session, Leach authored the comparable yet unsuccessful ALAC measure, House Bill 562.

Full disclosure: I used to live in  Plano, Texas.

So, apparently this cream of Texas intellect has put his blessing on an injunction against something that has been enjoined since the 18th century, when the United States Constitution became the law of the land. Just to be clear, here is a link to HB 45:

AN ACT
relating to requiring the Texas Supreme Court to adopt rules and
provide judicial instruction regarding the application of foreign
laws in certain family law cases.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that:
(1) litigants in actions under the Family Code
involving a marriage relationship or a parent-child relationship
are protected against violations of constitutional rights and
public policy in the application of foreign law and the recognition
and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards by
courts of this state by a well-established body of law, described by
Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. No. KP-0094 (2016), which includes protections
provided under:
(A) the United States Constitution and the Texas
Constitution;
(B) federal law, treaties, and conventions to
which the United States is a signatory;
(C) federal and state judicial precedent; and
(D) the Family Code and other laws of this state;

And there is more. And, by the way:

And, oh yes, local Muslims are HOWLING.

And we are wondering why. Here is something about CAIR:

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

And CAIR is concerned:

ACTION ALERT: OPPOSE HOUSE BILL 45

CAIR-Texas calls on community to oppose House Bill 45, the latest so-called “anti-shariah” bill.

CAIR-Texas is calling on members of the Muslim community and their interfaith partners to attend a public hearing on Tuesday, April 4, to show public opposition to House Bill 45, which we believe is designed to negatively impact Muslims’ civil rights and to demonize their faith.  We believe it aims to prevent Muslims from practicing their faith in areas such as Islamic marriage, divorce, funeral procedures and civil agreements.

CAIR is saying HB 45 is a so-called anti-sharia bill. Is it a so-called anti-sharia bill? Others besides CAIR think so, and they are not Muslims:

Texas Enacts ‘Anti-Sharia’ Law

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 45, more commonly known as “American Laws for American Courts,” or ALAC. It prohibits the use of any foreign law in the state’s courts, specifically in family cases that involve marriage or parent-child relationship matters.

One of the bill’s co-authors Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano) thanked the governor, who signed HB 45 on Wednesday. Leach called the law “vitally important bill to further safeguard and protect our Constitutional rights!” In the last legislative session, Leach authored the comparable yet unsuccessful ALAC measure, House Bill 562.

To be sure, sharia law is religious-based, regardless of whether it has any legal standing in the United States:

Sharia, Sharia law, or Islamic law is the religious law forming part of the Islamic tradition. It is derived from the religious precepts of Islam, particularly the Quran and the Hadith. In Arabic, the term sharīʿah refers to God’s immutable divine law and is contrasted with fiqh, which refers to its human scholarly interpretations. The manner of its application in modern times has been a subject of dispute between Muslim traditionalists and reformists.

It’s time to summarize. Sharia law is the codification of religious tradition into legally enforceable mandates. It’s something that has been  prohibited in the United States since 1791 with the adoption of the First Amendment:

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

And protection of religious liberty is what Governor Abbott, Breitbart, the Trump administration, and all these conservative politicians are all about. For a certain brand of religion.

There are not enough philanthropic dollars in America to fund what is currently the need in education…Our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God’s kingdom.

That was Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos responding to the question of whether Christian schools should get public funding rather than rely exclusively on private donations. There are others:

It’s in jeopardy because of taxes; it’s in jeopardy because of regulation; it’s in jeopardy because of a legal system that’s run amok. And I think it’s time for us to just hand it over to God and say, “God, You’re going to have to fix this.” […]

I think it’s time for us to use our wisdom and our influence and really put it in God’s hands. That’s what I’m going to do, and I hope you’ll join me.

That was Secretary of Energy (and former Texas Governor) Rick Perry speaking back in 2011. The Houston Post recounted his words comparing the office of governor to a pulpit:

Employing deeply religious language that national experts say affords both power and peril for his political career, Gov. Rick Perry in late May told a group of East Texas business leaders that he was “called to the ministry” at age 27, suggested that the governor’s office was his pulpit and that God put him “in this place at this time to do his will.”

Another of Donald Trump’s cabinet members is Dr. Ben Carson:

You go back to the very first chapter in the Bible — and I’m not a hard and fast person who says the Earth is only 6,000 years old — but I do believe in the six-day creation.

Ben Carson is Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Department is supposed to serve to promote urban development and to ensure affordable housing remains available to all. Filling that position is a person who exhibits little regard for his primary job title and also little regard for the people he is tasked with assisting:

“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,” he said, according to a transcript of the interview that was released on Wednesday. “You take somebody that has the right mind-set, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there.”

He added that helping people may not better their lives.

Elsewhere he has demonstrated the lack of mental acumen required for a person operating at cabinet level:

His proclamations extraordinaire include the following:

  • First of all, we have to understand how the Constitution works. The president is required to carry out the laws of the land, the laws of the land come from the legislative branch. So if the legislative branch creates a law or changes a law, the executive branch has a responsibility to carry it out. It doesn’t say they have the responsibility to carry out a judicial law. And that’s something we need to talk about.
  • A lot of people who go into prison straight, and when they come out they’re gay.
  • My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Now all the archeologists [sic] think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain
  • Well, that’s easy to answer: I didn’t have an involvement with them [Mannatech]. That is total propaganda. And this is what happens in our society — total propaganda. I did a couple speeches for them. I did speeches for other people. They were paid speeches. It is absolutely absurd to say that I had any kind of relationship with them. Do I take the product? Yes. I think it’s a good product.
  • The pledge of allegiance to our flag says we are one nation under God. Many courtrooms in the land on the wall it says ‘In God We Trust.’ Every coin in our pocket, every bill in our wallet says ‘In God We Trust.’ So if it’s in our founding documents, it’s in our pledges, in our courts and it’s on our money, but we’re not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that? In medicine it’s called schizophrenia and I, for one, am simply not willing to kick God to the curb.
  • Every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience. What they had was a deep belief that freedom is a gift from God. They had a determination to rise up against a tyrannical King. They were willing to risk all they had, even their lives, to be free.
  • In the class of 1968 at Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow, Mahmoud Abbas was one of the members of that class, and so was Ali Khamenei. And that’s where they first established relationships with the young Vladimir Putin.
  • But it is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time. And a lot of pediatricians now recognize that, and I think are cutting down on the number [of vaccinations] and the proximity in which those are done, and I think that’s appropriate.

In summation, the Trump administration has the appearance of a crowd of religious zealots bent on overseeing a brand of  sharia law, substituting Christian values for Islamic values. President Trump, immediately following inauguration, fulfilled a campaign pledge to ban Muslim immigration, at least partially. He banned immigration, even travel, from seven predominately Muslim countries. His words and actions have tended to disparage Muslims. His administration, drawn from the United States population, does not contain any Muslims that I have been able to  identify. He has created a club of religious exclusion at the top of the political food chain, while his supporters, America’s political conservatives, continue to dismiss Muslims as second class citizens. He and his fans exhibit the quintessence of dumbshitia.

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