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Anti-shariah law advances in legislature
 
Sunday, April 02, 2017
by Martin Barillas
 
Nidal Hasan, the Muslim terrorist and former U.S. Army officer who killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009, is going on a hunger strike. Currently on death-row at Fort Leavenworth, Hasan declared in a hand-written letter that he plans to go on a hunger strike and then maintain a weight of 99 pounds in protest of the  Americans's hatred of Muslim religious law known as sharia. The legislatures of several states are indeed advancing on anti-shariah legislation.
 
According to Fox News, retired Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning said of the missive, “The fact that this guy who has no regard for human life still thinks he still has the right to make a statement is tragic.” Manning was one of those injured in the shooting, and was shot six times. He is currently in the appeals process to obtain combat-related benefits for his injuries. He is scheduled for a hearing on April 11. Manning and 41 other victims were finally granted Purple Hearts in 2015. 
 
Hasan considers himself a soldier of Allah. The former Army psychiatrist, killed 13 people and injured 31. He was sentenced to death in 2013. 
 
Here follows Hasan’s letter:
 
“I will -- inshallah -- protest America's hatred for God's (Shariah) Laws by imposing upon myself a 99 pound hunger strike. More specifically, I will reduce and then maintain a total body weight of 99 pounds. I hope this will also serve as a reminder of how weak the Muslim Ummah is and a reminder to the believers of the importance of Following God's Laws despite the disbelievers hatred for it. And most of mankind are disbelievers!"
 
On March 27, Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland, who commands Fort Hood, issued a statement saying that Hasan will not be dismissed by the U.S. Army until he is executed. “In the case of Major Nidal M. Hasan (redacted) … the sentence  is approved and, except for that portion of the sentence pertaining to a Dismissal from the Service and being put to death, will be executed,” he wrote. 
 
Attorney John Galligan, who is of counsel to Hasan, told Fox News they are looking at a “very lengthy appellate process -- initially via the military appellate courts … then on to the Supreme Court and thereafter through the tangled web of federal courts.”
 
Nidal is correct with regard to Americans’ dislike for shariah law. Montana’s legislature had a vote on March 31 on Montana Senate Bill 97, which would ban the use of foreign law in state courts. Democrats in Montana opposed the bill, claiming that it targets Muslims. The bill passed along partisan lines by 56-44. Rep. Shane Morigeau (D) said during debate, “I think it sends a dangerous message to minority groups both here living in our state and wanting to come visit our state, just merely on the fact that you may be different.” Morigeau, who represents the liberal Missoula area added, “I truly believe this law is repugnant. I believe this is not who we are as Montanans.”
 
Rep. Brad Tschida, a Republican who also represents Missoula, said the bill seeks to preserve a “constitution [that] is constantly under assault.”
 
Anti-shariah legislation has been approved in Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Tennessee. The Montana bill will now be passed on to Gov. Steve Bullock (D) for signature or veto.


Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.


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