Sharia Law Proponent Experiences American Law, Lives To Tell About It
By Evan Lips | March 9, 2017, 21:29 EST
Sharia law proponent Linda Sarsour, a co-organizer of Wednesday’s women’s strike and other assorted feminist demonstrations that have popped up ever since President Donald Trump’s election win in November, recently became acquainted with American law after she and other protesters refused to leave the Manhattan street in front of Trump Tower.
I am out. https://t.co/9DrAfIxkCf
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) March 9, 2017
According to a Washington Free Beacon report, the Palestinian-American activist was charged with disorderly conduct. A video documenting Sarsour’s arrest has since gone viral:
Linda Sarsour was just arrested outside Trump International for disorderly conduct. pic.twitter.com/SOais39G7L
— Isaac Saul (@Ike_Saul) March 8, 2017
Media reports indicate that the protests outside of Trump Tower were non-violent and constituted acts of civil disobedience such as blocking traffic, which resulted in 14 arrests, including Sarsour’s.
A Huffington Post reporter caught up with Sarsour and others following their release from a New York City jail. According to the website, Sarsour was detained along with Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez. The trio of feminists made national headlines in January for being the lead organizers behind the women’s march on Washington D.C. that immediately followed Trump’s inauguration.
Sarsour in the past has defended Sharia law, whose statutes include weighing a woman’s testimony in court as half of that as men’s and permits husbands to beat their wives, as “reasonable” and “misunderstood.”
@LaRebelleFleur shariah law is reasonable and once u read into the details it makes a lot of sense. People just know the basics
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) September 22, 2011
Sharia Law is misunderstood & has been pushed as some evil Muslim agenda. 😒 Some Muslims r oppressors for sure https://t.co/7EaWdveeLN
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) April 10, 2016
Saudi Arabia happens to be governed by Sharia law. According to the Human Rights Watch, a nonprofit formed in 1978 that describes itself as an “accurate fact-finder” and “impartial reporter” of human rights worldwide, “every Saudi woman must have a male guardian, normally a father or husband, but in some cases a brother or even a son, who has the power to make a range of critical decisions on her behalf.”
After being freed from police custody, Sarsour described her time being locked up with other feminists as “empowering” and “inspiring.”
“I got arrested with some of the strongest women that represent the best that New York City has to offer,” Sarsour said. “I feel empowered, I feel proud of what I did today and I’ve done this many times before. … I hope it sends a message to people that you’ve got to risk it, you’ve got to be bold in this moment.”
Sarsour’s supporters have claimed she has no connections to Islamic terrorists, but a Daily Caller report connected Sarsour with an accused fund raiser for Hamas, a Palestinian-Islamic terrorist organization, after both were seen posing for a photo together at a Muslim convention in Chicago.
Shortly after the Daily Caller report ran, Sarsour took to her Facebook account to tell her followers that the story had prompted a barrage of criticism from others.
“The opposition cannot fathom to see a Palestinian Muslim American woman that resonates with the masses,” Sarsour wrote. “Someone whose track record is clear and has always stood up for the most marginalized.
“They have a coordinated attack campaign against me and it’s vicious and ugly.”