American Muslims who believe in the Shari‘a law should be deported says Newt Gingrich.

In the wake of the attack in Nice, France on Thursday, Newt Gingrich, the former American politician who served as the 50th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said that all Muslim Americans should be “tested” to check whether they believe in the Shari’a law and deported if found out they do. According to Gingrich, “Shari’a law is incompatible with Western civilization.”

Shari’a is Islam’s religious legal system governing its members. It is derived from Hadith (Prophet Muhammad’s teachings/instructions) and the Quran. It is considered by Muslims as the infallible law of God. Shari’a courts are solely conducted by the Judge, no lawyers, no jury system. Defendants and plaintiffs represent themselves. Men and women are treated as unequal in a Shari’a court. Non-Muslims and Muslims are also unequal in the eyes of the Shari’a court. Fundamentalists use Shari’a laws to impose harsher punishments without any regards to human rights.

Post 9/11, the Western world started looking at Shari’a with condemnation. The United Nations has criticized Shari’a for not recognizing the human rights of freedom of thought, religion, and conscience.

Gingrich, in an interview given to Fox News last Thursday, said the “Western civilization is in a war.” Every person in America who has a Muslim background should be asked whether they believe in Shari’a, and if they do, then they should be deported. He also said that he would be glad to have those modern Muslims who do not believe in the Shari’a law as American citizens, and as his neighbors.

Gingrich, until he resigned in 1999, represented the 6th congressional district of Georgia as a Republican. From 1995 until 1999, he served as the 50th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He has also been a Republican Party presidential nominee during the 2012 U.S. Presidential election. He is still active in the political world. As of now, he is working as a political consultant. Until recently, he was also on Donald Trump’s three person shortlist as his running mate in the 2016 Presidential election.

According to Gingrich, it is vital to be “relentless about defining the enemies” of the United States. “If a person goes on a website favoring any of the terrorist outfits such as ISIL or Al Qaeda, it should be considered as a felony,” and that person should be jailed. “If we can’t destroy them through the internet, we should destroy them with kinetic power, using various weapons starting with Predators, and frankly just killing them.” Also, it is essential to monitor the mosques to distinguish between those Muslims coming to America to start a new life, and those coming to cause it harm.

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