- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Like the good citizens of my birth state who first heard the midnight cry of alarm warning them that the enemy was coming, I have heard the alarm from a modern-day Paul Revere. Do you hear it? There is a new anti-freedom, anti-American force invading our beloved country and that force is called Shariah (Islamic law).

Unlike those amazingly courageous colonial patriots of Massachusetts who took up their guns on that dark April night, I am a more tempered and conservative Virginian and do not take up my gun (although I do, wholeheartedly, believe in and support our Second Amendment rights), but, rather, take up all the materials and books I can find on Shariah and arm myself with specific knowledge to better understand and fight this foreign threat to my American freedoms.

Shariah is a totalitarian doctrine that governs all aspects of a person’s life. It dictates how one is to eat, drink, work, pray, vote, marry, raise children and associate with others.

And, while I certainly respect the right of any person to practice their Shariah-compliant, personal and nonviolent religious customs in our country, I do not accept the idea that Shariah should also be applied in the business, social or institutional sectors of our American communities. More firmly, I believe that Shariah should not be applied over our constitutional laws in any way, shape or form in any state or federal court decision in our country. This is where I take a stand.

Now is the time - especially as we near the 10th anniversary of a horrible day when Shariah-compliant terrorists attacked and killed our citizens - for you to respond to the alarm as well. Educate yourselves and seek to understand what Shariah really is, and what it means to our American way of life and the freedoms we enjoy. Gather with your fellow patriots. Tell your elected officials that they must uphold their pledge to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, which protects the freedoms we hold dear, and most definitely is the supreme law of our land.

MARK STEVENSON

The No Shariah Law in America Project

Springfield, Va.