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    :: Monday, December 22, 2008 ::
    Here it says:
    This month, AIG announced that it would offer Shariah-compliant homeowner insurance policies, known as takaful, to U.S. customers through one of its subsidiaries. To be Shariah compliant, companies cannot earn interest and must agree to send a percentage of their revenue to Islamic charitable groups.

    The lawsuit — by Iraq war veteran Kevin Murray, on behalf of U.S. taxpayers, against Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and the Federal Reserve — claims that by subsidizing AIG, the federal government is conveying "...a message of endorsement and promotion of Shariah-based Islam ... and [a] message of disfavor of and hostility toward Christianity and Judaism."
    This would not be the first time the Thomas More Legal Center, a group whose "side" I'm supposedly "on," has taken positions I consider strange or just wrong.

    I'm not exatly doing backflips about an indirect government cash-flow that, after passing through independent decision-makers, ends up in Shariah-based loans; but to argue that this is "an establishment of religion" within the meaning of the First Amendment is (a) contrary to just about every post-1985 Establishment Clause decision from the Supreme Court, and (b) very harmful to Catholic and other Christian institutions that may wish to participate in government benefits programs on an equal basis with secular institutions, and whose right to do so the TMLC would, I'm pretty sure, hasten to defend.

    :: David M. Wagner 2:38 PM [+] ::
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