Frank Gaffney: Shariah Law: A Threat to America?
Founder and President, Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C.; Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy under President Reagan
Gaffney discusses the controversial Muslim legal system known as Shariah and its implications for the United States. Derived from Islamic sacred texts and traditions and incorporating both moral considerations, spiritual concerns, and political considerations, Shariah prescribes the path that Muslims should follow in life, laying out rules for dealing with questions from banking to contracts to sexuality to hygiene to social issues. One of the three most prevalent legal systems of the world and growing in popularity recently, Shariah is supported by huge populations worldwide; according to The New York Times, 66 percent of Egyptians, 60 percent of Pakistanis and 54 percent of Jordanians say that Shariah should be the only source of law in their countries.
Gaffney warns that we are glossing over the dangers of some of the tenets of Shariah law in a quest for political correctness, and that this is making the United States vulnerable to violence and extremism. Gaffney will address this controversial topic and present his case for how the United States should take a harder-line approach to what some suggest is a law that requires its adherents to engage in holy war.
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program
Cost: $12 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Also know: Underwritten by The Taube Family Foundation American Values Series