OMG! Seattle is Imposing Sharia Law!

The Worldnetdaily has its typically hysterical story about anything that even remotely involves Islam or Muslims. A committee in Seattle has suggested making more non-interest mortgages available so Muslims can buy more homes and WND thinks they’re about to start beheadings at city hall.

While some cities in Texas and other Southern states have been adopting ordinances that protect their citizenry from creeping Shariah-compliant practices, cities such as Seattle are taking the opposite approach.

Seattle’s Democrat Mayor Ed Murray was so concerned that Muslims and other residents weren’t buying enough homes in his city that he had a committee investigate how that could be rectified.

One of the committee’s recommendations: Banks need to offer “Shariah-compliant” mortgage loans for Seattle’s growing Muslim community.

Muslims are forbidden by their religious law, Shariah, from paying interest on loans so they must be offered loans structured in such a way that interest is not part of the package.

The 28-member committee recommended the city convene lenders and community leaders to explore options for increasing access to Shariah-compliant loans, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported.

“We will work to develop new tools for Muslims who are prevented from using conventional mortgage products due to their religious beliefs,” said Murray, at a recent press conference.

“More and more lenders are offering Shariah-compliant financing, according to a USA Today report,” the Journal reports. “The sector has grown to more than $1.6 trillion in assets worldwide over the past three decades, and analysts see potential for continued growth as the number of Muslims in the United States and Europe grows.”

Gee, aren’t conservatives in favor of the free market finding ways to market products and services to expand their market share? And shouldn’t they be in favor of expanding the opportunities for home ownership? Not when it involves Muslims, they’re not.

But those who see Shariah law as anti-Western and anti-American see the trend differently than banks and corporations.

“Such dangerously misguided efforts kowtow to, and abet, Islamic supremacism,” said Dr. Andrew Bostom, author of “Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims” and several other books about the history of Islam.

Exactly! Just like when investment companies offer mutual funds that don’t invest in products that Christians consider sinful, that abets Christian supremacism, right? Oh, of course not. That’s totally different, for reasons they can’t explain coherently. The mere mention of anything involving Muslims and these Islampohobic bigots just lose their ability to think rationally (if they ever had such ability in the first place, which is a dubious proposition at best).

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  • zenlike

    Fixed:

    “Such dangerously misguided efforts kowtow to, and abet, Islamic supremacism,” said christian supremacist Dr. Andrew Bostom, author of “Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims” and several other books about the history of Islam. works of propaganda claiming all people adhering to islam are ravening beasts.

  • dingojack

    Aren’t ‘no interest loans’ stipulated by certain Jewish groups as well?

    Dingo

  • D. C. Sessions

    Aren’t ‘no interest loans’ stipulated by certain Jewish groups as well?

    They’re closet Muslims.

  • Holms

    So… certain religious people get interest free loans?? That seems unusually generous for banks, they’d never issue such a loan without a way for them to get their slice of profit.

  • Michael Heath

    Holms,

    Sharia-compliant “loans” are structured in a way that has the “lender” making a profit. Lenders must make a profit; otherwise they couldn’t afford to make the investment. A loan is an investment and shows up as an asset on the company’s balance sheet. Sharia-compliant mortgages (lien on the property) are also booked as investments and therefore must provide a return to make financial sense.

    One way is that the bank buys the property and sells it at a profit to the occupant through installment payments. Another method is the bank buys the property and acts as a landlord to the occupant where part of the rent proceeds are shared by the bank and occupant if property values increase. The Wikipedia entry, “Islamic banking” provides some perspective.

  • LightningRose

    Wondering how this might work I found this explanation:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_banking#Types_of_Islamic_lending

    This still strikes me as the same sort of bullshit loophole in religious law that many Jews use just so they can live a tolerable life.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eruv

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    First they get interest free loans, and the next thing you know they’re joining the PTA, bringing covered dishes to the school picnic and complaining about immigrants!

  • grumpyoldfart

    WND thinks they’re about to start beheadings at city hall

    That’s just silly. When have Muslims ever beheaded anyone?

  • moarscienceplz

    I don’t see on that Wiki entry any mention of income tax deduction for mortgage interest. If Muslim buyers don’ t get that deduction they are losing out big. If it were me, I’d seriously consider adding that bit of Sharia law to all the other bits that Muslims routinely ignore.

  • dan4

    @8: *taking grumyoldfart’s comments in the (I think) sarcastic nature in which they were intended*Right, because since SOME Muslims have beheaded people, then it’s illogical to scoff at the notion that providing “more non-interest mortgages so Muslims can buy more homes” will somehow lead to OTHER Muslims beheading people.

  • A. Noyd

    Islam is just a different brand of the exact same patriarchal bullshit the average WND reader wants to cram into the government. I’m not going to be sad if the Christian wingnuts can’t ever figure out that conservative Muslims could be their bestest allies on the hating women and gays front. Though, having worked with many Muslims in Seattle, I’m sure Republicans would have to ease off their mania for gutting welfare and blocking minimum wage hikes before courting that population. Lots of benefits-depended refugees trying to get on their feet via low-paying jobs.

  • Saad

    From the article:

    Muslims are forbidden by their religious law, Shariah, from paying interest on loans so they must be offered loans structured in such a way that interest is not part of the package.

    That’s quite misleading (deliberate on their part I’m sure). Only strict very religious American Muslims follow this. Most Muslims in the U.S. are fine with interest. This is a little like saying “Christians are forbidden by their religious law from using contraception.”

  • Saad

    If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him. – Exodus 22:25

    O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?

    Who shall dwell on your holy hill?

    [. . .]

    who does not put out his money at interest

    – Psalm 15

    If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you. You shall not lend him your money at interest, nor give him your food for profit. – Leviticus 25:35-37

    “You shall not charge interest on loans to your brother, interest on money, interest on food, interest on anything that is lent for interest. You may charge a foreigner interest, but you may not charge your brother interest, that the Lord your God may bless you in all that you undertake in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. – Deuteronomy 23:19-20

  • freehand

    dan4: it’s illogical to scoff at the notion that providing “more non-interest mortgages so Muslims can buy more homes” will somehow lead to OTHER Muslims beheading people.

    .

    Well, sure. They’ll be encouraged.

    .

    “Ha! We have the infidels cowed! Now that they have buckled under to making profit off our suburban middle-class brethren. they will surely accept our beheading randomly selected passers-by!”

  • matty1

    Of course in the middle ages it was the Catholic Church that banned interest, while Jewish moneylenders filled the gap in the market. It seems both groups accepted a loophole that the ban only applied to lending to members of the same religion. I think this was one of the roots of anti-semitism with religious and racial prejudice often being an excuse to destroy records of debts and kill the people trying to collect them.

  • anat

    matty1 – Torah allows Jews to charge interest from non-Jews. The ban is specifically against lending to ‘your brother’ oe ‘any of my people’ as Saad’s quotes show.