Newt Gingrich is calling for Muslims in the U.S. to be tested on their beliefs following the truck attack in Nice, France. ISIS has not yet claimed responsibility for the attack but several eyewitnesses claimed the heard the gun man shout “allahu akbar” several times before his death. French president François Hollande commented on the attack stating that it was “obviously a terror attack.” Donald Trump has caused controversy by proposing a ban on all Muslims entering the Untied Stated, Gingrich has taken the proposal a step further by proposing the government tests all Muslims to determine whether they support Sharia Law.
Sharia law is a legal code based on the Quran and other Islamic scriptures that uses extremely barbaric punishments for violating such laws. Someone convicted of a crime can expect to be stoned to death, decapitated, or lashed. The system is particularly unforgiving against women who can be confined to their homes for their entire lives for “indecency” or beaten for being “suspected of disobedience.”
During an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Gingrich stated that he believes the government should test:
“Every person here who is of a Muslim background”
If an American Muslim believes in Sharia Law they will be deported, if Gingrich’s plan is adopted. He went on to state that anyone caught visiting pro-ISIS or Radical Islam website should be charged with a felony and jailed. He states that claims that Islam is a religion of peace are “bologna”
Gingrich alleges that the current administration has been too weak in its response to radical Islam and that a stronger response is needed. During the press conference he slammed President Obama for using terrorist attacks to push unrelated gun-control measures. He stated:
“I fully expect by tomorrow morning that President Obama will have rediscovered his left-wing roots and will give a press conference in which he’ll explain that the problem is too many trucks,”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned Gingrich’s call to “test” Muslims in the U.S. as well as the truck attack.