Trump security adviser pick Michael Flynn repeated wildly wrong claim about FL Democrats, Sharia law – PolitiFact
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, tapped by Donald Trump to be his national security adviser, repeated a false claim that Florida Democratic senators voted to impose Islamic Sharia law in an August speech.
Here is the Florida portion of his speech at Ahavath Torah Congregation in Stoughton, Mass., on Aug. 23 (start at minute 28:40):
“Our country was built upon the foundation of Judeo-Christian principles, values, norms. We should fight this idea of this imposition of Sharia law into our system. And believe me, folks, it is happening.
All you have to do is go and look up something called ‘the American laws for American courts.’ I don’t know if it’s happening up here in Massachusetts, it’s happening in other states. I have had people in the media, mainstream media, say, ‘oh, that’s all a conspiracy, it’s a lie.’
No, in the state Florida. The state of Florida, they have 36 senators at the state level. 36 senators at the state level. 12 of them are Democrats, the Republicans hold the majority in the Florida state senate. All 12 Democrats, all 12 Democrats voted to impose Shariah law at the local and state level. Now, it was beaten because the Republicans are in charge. I’m telling you, this is ‘American laws for America’s courts.'”
PolitiFact Florida fact-checked a similar claim by bloggers in 2014 and ruled it Pants on Fire.
Sharia law is a wide-ranging set of rules that govern aspects of Islamic life, including religious practice, daily living, crime and financial dealings. Muslims differ on its interpretation.
At root of the Florida legislation in question was a dispute between a Tampa Islamic center and some of its ousted trustees. In ruling on the case in March 2011, a circuit