GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly launched a blistering attack accusing Republican rival Neel Kashkari of associating with fundamentalist Islamic law.
"BREAKING: Neel Kashkari supported the United States submitting to the Islamic, Shariah banking code in 2008 when he ran" the taxpayer-funded federal bank bailout, a Donnelly campaign associate wrote on the candidate's Facebook page Monday. "Shariah is 'the seditious religious-political-legal code authoritative Islam seeks to impose worldwide under a global theocracy.' This revelation is spreading fast, as people … refer to Mr. Kashkari's support of Shariah an 'October Surprise.'"
Sharia law is an Islam-based code that governs personal and business behavior. Many global business interests deal with its banking laws, which forbid the charging of interest. But its criminal code is controversial, prompting protests on Monday by celebrities and others at the Beverly Hills Hotel over its owner, the sultan of Brunei's, imposition of the law and its treatment of gay people and others in Brunei.