Seattle to Grant This Special Privilege Only to Muslims
The growing debate over U.S. communities and Muslim Sharia law has been heating up of late. With a sympathetic President, Muslim groups in America are calling for more “Sharia-compliant” municipalities where Islamic religious law trumps American law.
Across the nation, communities with large Muslim minority populations are embracing the idea. The latest example is the city of Seattle, Washington.
Christian Network News reports:
The mayor of Seattle and his housing committee have unveiled a plan to increase housing in the city, with a portion of the plan proposing the offering of Sharia law-compliant loans for Muslim residents.
Among the number of ideas offered to make housing more affordable for Seattle residents is a segment that addresses Muslim beliefs, as Sharia law forbids usury for its adherents.
“For our low—and moderate—income Muslim neighbors who follow Sharia law—which prohibits the payment of interest or fees for loans of money—there are limited options for financing a home,” the proposed plan reads. “Some Muslims are unable to use conventional mortgage products due to religious convictions.”
“The City will convene lenders, housing nonprofits and community leaders to explore the best options for increasing access to Sharia-compliant loan products to help these residents become homeowners in Seattle,” it says.
Arsalan Bukhari, chapter executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told the Puget Sound Business Journal that he believes that there are approximately two hundred Seattle residents who identify as Muslim that avoid taking out home loans because of their religion.
“[T]hey don’t want to pay interest,” he said.
Boy, talk about a sweet deal! How many of us would like to borrow money for various reasons without paying any interest on the loan? Imagine how much we could save on a home mortgage, a car payment, and credit card debt!
Freedom Outpost adds additional details:
For many Americans, owning a home is out of reach. Various reasons can prohibit someone from being able to purchase a home — lack of down payment, income limits, and, at times, interest rates. Some Americans struggle their entire lives without being able to purchase a home. Despite this reality for many Americans, Seattle, Washington, Mayor Ed Murray wants to do something about Muslims being unable to buy a home. His plan includes the usual recommendations, such as “increasing the city’s housing levy and implementing new rules and regulations to foster development of market-rate and lower-income housing.” For Muslims, a committee recommended the city explore “options for increasing Sharia-compliant loan products.”
As reported in the Puget Sound Business Journal, “[The] suggestion would help followers of Sharia law buy houses. That’s virtually impossible now because Sharia law prohibits payment of interest on loans.”
Talk about “creeping Sharia,” and here is a good example. City politicians and planners are actively suggesting that lenders offer loans for a home purchase to Muslims without having interest attached to the repayment of the loan.
More and more lenders are offering Sharia-compliant financing, according to a USA Today report. 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.
It’s unclear how many Muslims would benefit from Murray’s plan. The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) estimates more than 30,000 Muslims live in the greater Seattle area, and Chapter Executive Director Arsalan Bukhari on Tuesday said it’s “fairly common” for some not to seek loans.
And just how does the Mayor of Seattle proposed to pay for all these “sweetheart deals” for Muslims? Take a wild guess. Freedom Outpost has the answer:
Murray, in his “zeal” to help Muslims obtain housing through “unconventional” mortgage products, passes the cost on to other consumers, who will pay higher rates. The lender is not going to take that big of a risk without covering their backside in some way, which means other consumers will fill the void. Even though there are regulations against such bias (see here and here), violations of the regulations are permissible when certain groups are involved, if Murray is able to “swing” his plan.
Yep. All the other non-Muslim loan borrowers will make up the difference. Other American citizens who don’t share in the Muslim faith will pay extra just so this “politically correct” Mayor can crow about helping a minority group.
It doesn’t matter if this insane effort is illegal. American law forbids this kind of reverse discrimination.
However, in Sharia law, it is common. It is expected that all “infidels” pay a jizya tax for the privilege of living in Islamic society.
This effort accomplishes the same result. It places Muslims in a position of special privilege in America.
What is wrong with this picture? And, how can this “tolerant” Mayor be so naive not to know he is being “played” by Islamic activists seeking to further their anti-American agenda?