Sharia’s Ms. Manners

How he held his coffee or teacup: Gotta do it his way! What positions he preferred in sex with Martha: on the list of acceptable, approved behavior for all Americans. Foods he despised would be outlawed for all eternity inside the borders of our nation. Every preference and dislike would define the boundaries of American behavior.
This is the shortest metaphor for what sharia law represents for Muslims. In addition to onerous, excruciating detailed prescriptions and proscriptions in the Quran itself, there are the hadith: stories of Muhammad’s life and practices and pronouncements which are not Allah’s revelations, but seen as pathways to emulating the perfect life of the Prophet himself. Sexual, social, political, philosophical and every other question of everyday life and exalted ambition are said to be prescribed therein.
Do you fear such impositions will come to our fair land? Brace yourself, for we already are getting at least an appetizer of sharia law, if not the main entree itself, in the growing list of politically correct mandates. Trans-fat? Bad fer ya, so ya can’t have it. Salt? Gotta ask for a salt shaker at any restaurant in NYC; not allowed on your table as a routine matter. Happy Meal toys?
While this growing litany of mandates drawn from what otherwise would merely be good manners is not yet sharia, it draws from the same mentality which I dub Hillary’s Razor: Every feature of life which is patently beneficial and enjoyed by any single citizen must be mandated as a “right” for every citizen; and that which the nanny sez is bad must be outlawed, or made reprehensible by any means possible.
Step by baby step, we are reliving what Reagan condemned in Soviets’ society, in which all actions were either prohibited or made mandatory. That was Soviet sharia; today we are creeping toward socialist sharia borne by the nanny named Michelle and her nanny-mate Barack. It’s as if all etiquette urged by Ms. Manners were made into law, and enforced by “incentives” to nudge us toward good living through the chemistry of their compassionate mandates.
Well-watered, manicured lawn? Mandate it for everyone, and of course paid by taxes. Nicely detailed luxury car: If even one person gets it, all must also acquire it.
So many good ideas — so are they all, good ideas. But not the suggestions and exhortations of Ms. Manners’ advice column; no, required by law.
Should you think sharia is a long way away, note that this dietary requirement will soon grow, like kudzu, until it is no longer merely salt shakers on diner tables in NYC, or outlawing of those nasty incandescent light bulbs, or limiting the water volume in our commode tanks.
Ask not for whom the Michelle bell tolls — it tolls for thee, and thine food and auto and clothing and TV programs. The list of letter-words will grow — from the N-word, and C-word, and F-words (we got two, so far) to the full alphabet of sharia prohibitions, by social pressure, or tax mandates, or outright law. In the coming sharia it may be a mandate that we all eat arugula and other preferred dietary items of our own Prophet against profits.
Liberals’ sharia-driven team will spread the wealth, and spread the health, and spread The Word, in concert with growing affiliates who think like Hillary, who demand all good ideas to be mandated “rights” and all bad ideas to be outlawed, or pressured by social aggravations to make it virtually outlawed.
Think about sharia’s shadow every time a new PC pronouncement hits the public discussion. The Invasion of the Liberty Snatchers is already here. No wonder some Oklahomans are dubious about sharia being inculcated in any law, ordinance or regulation. We don’t need no stinkin’ Ms. Muslim Manners in our law books.

Steve Finefrock

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