As the right-wing media froth about the imminent implementation of sharia law in America, let’s take a step back and consider what would have to occur for that to happen. There are actually many different understandings and implementations of sharia in various Muslim countries, a fact that is usually ignored by the likes of FOX News, but for the sake of argument let’s imagine the harshest set. To the extent that sharia law in America would enshrine discrimination, restrict equal rights, gut free speech, or impose cruel or unusual punishments, there would only be two ways that such law could be implemented in the United States:
1. Two-thirds majorities of both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate would have to approve a series of amendments to the United States Constitution, because such laws are currently unconstitutional. Then three-quarters of the state legislatures of the 50 states would have to ratify these amendments.
2. The American people could elect George W. Bush’s secret clone as President and have him just plain ignore the constitution all over again.
Either way, in order to implement Sharia law in the United States you’d have to have a very large majority of Muslims in the population. How far is the U.S. away from this?
That wasn’t a rhetorical question. I want you to guess what percentage of the adult population of the United States is Muslim. My source: the most recent American Religious Identification Survey. No peeking until you’ve guessed in the poll below!