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).