Attorneys for a Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War say they have filed a
petition to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a federal district judge
ruled it is OK for the U.S. government to fund commercial enterprises that
promote the indoctrination of Islamic law, or Shariah, in the United States.
The decision came from Judge Lawrence Zatkoff, who changed his perspective on
the issue and said just last week that he would dismiss a constitutional
challenge brought by Kevin Murray against the U.S. government’s bailout of AIG,
the insurance giant.
AIG used more than “$100 million in federal tax money to support Islamic
religious indoctrination through the funding and promotion of Shariah-compliant
financing. … SCF is financing that follows the dictates of Islamic law,” said the Thomas More Law Center, or TMLC.
TMLC is representing Murray in his challenge to the use of federal tax money
to promote Islam in the U.S.
The non-profit legal advocacy group’s president, Richard Thompson, warned of
“Judge Zatkoff’s ruling allows for oil-rich Muslim countries to plant the
flag of Islam on American soil,” he said. “His ruling ignored the uncontested
opinions of several Shariah experts and AIG’s own website, which trumpeted
Shariah-compliant financing as promoting the law of the prophet Mohammed and as
an ethical product and a new way of life.”
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TMLC and co-counsel David Yerushalmi immediately filed a notice of appeal to
the 6th Circuit.
“[Zatkoff’s] ruling ignored AIG’s use of a foreign Islamic advisory board to
control investing in accordance with Islamic law,” Thompson continued. “This
astonishing decision allows the federal government as well as AIG and other Wall
Street bankers to explicitly promote Shariah law – the 1,200-year-old body of
Islamic canon law based on the Quran, which demands the destruction of Western
civilization and the United States.”
Thompson warned it is the same law “championed by Osama bin Laden and the
Taliban; it is the same law that prompted the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attacks;
and it is the same law that is responsible for the murder of thousands of
Christians throughout the world. The law center will do everything it can to
stop Shariah law from rearing its ugly head in America.”
Murray v. Geithner et al., was brought because Murray, as a
taxpayer, alleges he is being forced to contribute to the propagation of Islamic
beliefs and practices predicated upon Islamic law, which he says is hostile to
his Christian religion.
Among those who submitted statements in the case were two noted experts in
Islamic law and terrorism, Stephen C. Coughlin and Robert Spencer.
Coughlin, a lawyer and decorated Army Reserve officer, is a leading Pentagon
expert on the link between Islamic law and jihad. He explained that by engaging
in Shariah-compliant financing, AIG and the federal government – which owns 79.9
percent of AIG – are engaging in the religious practice of Islam.
Islam teaches hostility and discrimination against Jews, Christians and
anyone who doesn’t accept the Quran as the “word of Allah,” he said, explaining
that the indoctrination stems from the same law that motivated the Sept. 11,
2001, attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.
Spencer explained that by offering Shariah-compliant financing, AIG is
promoting religious behavior that teaches hatred and discrimination against
Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims.
TMLC said it is challenging the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008
that allows $70 billion in taxpayer money to fund and financially support the
federal government’s majority ownership interest in AIG, which is considered the
market leader in SCF.
The company uses its assets to subject certain financial activities to the
dictates of Islam.
“In this case, the United States government has a majority interest in AIG.
AIG utilizes consolidated financing whereby all funds flow through a single port
to support all of its activities, including Shariah-compliant financing,” TMLC
“Pursuant to the EESA, the government has injected AIG with tens of billions
of dollars, without restricting or tracking how this considerable sum of money
is spent. At least two of AIG’s subsidiary companies practice Shariah-compliant
financing, one of which was unveiled after the influx of government cash. …
Finally, after the government acquired a majority interest in AIG and
contributed substantial funds to AIG for operational purposes, the government
co-sponsored a forum entitled ‘Islamic Finance 101.’
“These facts, taken together, raise a question of whether the government’s
involvement with AIG has created the effect of promoting religion and
sufficiently raise plaintiff’s claim beyond the speculative level,” TMLC said.
During the discovery portion of the case, TMLC said it obtained “thousands”
of documents supporting its claim.
“The circumstances of this case are historic, and the pressure upon the
government to navigate this financial crisis is unfathomable. Times of crisis,
however, do not justify departure from the Constitution,” the organization said.