WHEN the US Government seized control in 2008 of the troubled American International Group IncÂ – one of the world’s biggest insurers – it acquired a company engaged in shariah-compliant finance.
The Government’s acquisition of AIG is now the subject of a lawsuit in which it is claimed that over a billion dollars of the bailout went to fund Islamic religious activities in violation of the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution.
The case has been brought by the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and attorney David Yerushalmi on behalf of Kevin Murray, a former Marine who had served in Iraq. As a taxpayer, Murray objected to being forced to support the propagation of the Islamic jihad which he fought against as a US Marine.
According to Stephen C Coughlin, a lawyer and a decorated army reserve officer in military intelligence who is often cited as the Pentagon’s leading expert on the nexus between Islamic law and jihad:
Islam inculcates hostility and discrimination against Jews, Christians, and all others who do not accept the Koran as the â€˜word of Allah’.
He says it is the same law that motivated the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.
In a sworn declaration he concluded that by engaging in sharia-compliant financing, AIG and the federal government, which now owns 79.9 percent of AIG, are engaging in the religious practice of Islam.
Robert Spencer, who has studied Islamic theology and history for thirty years and is the Director of Jihad Watch and the author of ten books dealing with Islam, backs up Coughlin’s assertion.
By engaging in its sharia-compliant financing and business practices,Â AIG is engaging in religious behavior that inculcates hatred and discrimination against Jews, Christians, and all other non-Muslims.
Spencer states that in abetting the spread of sharia-compliant financing, AIG and the federal government are abetting the same legal system thatÂ motivated the murder of nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented:
It’s outrageous that the federal government is the owner of a corporation engaged in a business with interests adverse to the United States.Â We filed this lawsuit not only to defend constitutional principles, but also to defend our national security.Â It’s clear we can’t leave the job of protecting America to the Washington politicians.
With the aid of taxpayer funds provided by Congress, AIG employs a “Shariah Supervisory Committee,” which is includes Dr Muhammed Imran Ashraf Usmani from Pakistan.Â Dr. Usmani is the son, student, and dedicated disciple of Mufti Taqi Usmani, who is the leading Sharia authority for sharia-compliant finance in the world, and the author of a book translated into English in 1999 that includes an entire chapter dedicated to explaining why a Western Muslim must engage in violent jihad against his own country or government.
The AIG bailout, according to this report, could leave US taxpayers out of pocket to the tune of tens of billions of dollars. In all, the Treasury put about $180bn (Â£120bn) on the line in loans, equity funding and guarantees on AIG’s assets.
Hat tip: Adam Tjaavk