Last week at a rally in Nevada, a man asked Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle for her thoughts on Muslims “taking over a city in Michigan and the residents of the city, they want them out.”
Angle responds that “we’re talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe it isn’t a widespread thing, but it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it.”
“My thoughts are these, first of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas, are on American soil, and under constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don’t know how that happened in the United States,” she said. “It seems to me there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States.”
Dearborn, a Detroit suburb, has a large Arab and Muslim population, but it is in no way governed by Sharia law. The claim seems to be based on an incident in which Christian proselytizers were arrested for disorderly conduct while filming themselves preaching to Muslims at the Dearborn Arab International Festival in June. They were later acquitted by a Dearborn jury, so we’re not sure where the Sharia law comes into play. “If she wants to come here, I will take her on a tour,” says totally Muslim-sounding mayor Jack O’Reilly. “I will show her we follow the Constitution just as well as anyone else.”
As for Frankford, according to the AP, “It was not immediately clear why Angle singled out Frankford, Texas, a former town that was annexed into Dallas around 1975,” especially since it doesn’t exist anymore.
Nevada Senate hopeful Sharron Angle: Muslim law takes hold in Dearborn, other U.S. cities [AP via Detroit Free Press]