Imam Zaid Shakir, the Muslim-American co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California deleted a post on his on his popular Facebook page after receiving backlash for suggesting Sharia law should be applied in judging if Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh are credible.
“I do not support the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States,” he began. “My position, however, is based neither on the accusations nor the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.” . . .
Shakir went on to explain that he believes Ford’s allegations “cannot be used as evidence against Judge Kavanaugh.” He based his reasoning on “Muslim teachings” from the Qur’an, citing verse 24:4 which says “Those who bring charges of sexual improprieties against chaste women, then fail to come forth with four corroborating witnesses, lash them eighty times and never again accept their testimony. Such are truly corrupt.” . . .
“The honor these verses are designed to protect is real, as are the condemnations they issue, as well as the punishments they threaten,” Shakir wrote. “If anyone can randomly produce vile accusations against anyone they please, and the only standard assessing the veracity of those accusations is our subjective feeling concerning the credibility of the accuser or the accused, none of us would be safe against the impugnment of his or her honor.”
Shakir warned against attacking Ford, but claimed “we are to remain silent and if we chose to speak it should be along the lines of the skepticism mentioned in the above-quotes verses and not in the voice of blind acceptance.” (Read more from “American Imam Deletes Post After Suggesting Sharia Law Should Apply in Weighing Dr. Ford Allegations” HERE)