In a word, NO.
But that is exactly what we American taxpayers are doing via the government's no-strings $85 billion bailout of AIG. As the diligent and crucial reporting of Jeffrey Imm reveals, AIG sells sharia-compliant finance products through its sharia mutual trusts and its AIG Takaful division, which sells sharia-based insurance. Such financial products both promote and institutionalize the supremacist and repressive tenets of Islamic law, which are wholly at odds with Western notions of individual liberty and equality before the law.
As Jeffrey recounts:
In October 2008, I wrote how the U.S. government gave an $85 billion loan to AIG, without demanding divestment of its business ventures reselling Sharia mutual trusts and its AIG Takaful division selling Sharia-based insurance.
In November 2008, I wrote about how the U.S. government purchased $40 billion in AIG stock, making you as a taxpayer, an owner of a company promoting Sharia through such businesses.
For two months, I have warned that AIG's Takaful division was planning to expand to offer such AIG-specific Sharia products here in the United States. Now AIG has announced that it has Sharia-based insurance products for the United States, and AIG is promoting them.
What can you do? First, read Jeffrey's article.Then, you can call or email Jim Crain, whom AIG lists as the point man on the Takeful division (617-345-4105 or firstname.lastname@example.org). As Jeffrey has gathered, it is hard to find anybody at AIG dealing with sharia-compliant financial instruments who actually seems to understand what sharia is. Rather, they seem to prefer to defer to hired sharia flacks. As Jeffrey rather generously puts it:
In fairness to AIG, there are many who do not understand the political Islamic supremacist nature of Sharia.
Stop Sharia Now (FAQ item 17) provides a quote regarding an "Islamic Finance conference" in New York City where an attendee asked the meaning of Sharia. One of AIG's Sharia advisors, Sheik Nizam Yaquby, ambiguously responded by stating that "Shariah is the path on which we walk, the water which we drink." Those of us who are aware that Sharia is a legal codification for all aspects of Islamic supremacist life grasp what Yaquby was trying to communicate; certainly none of the supremacist aspects of Sharia was communicated by Yaquby. It is then reported that "Not one person in the room followed up with a question. The group went back to looking at flowcharts and graphs."
It's time to enlighten AIG.
And here is something more: A clarion call of an online petition calling for: a freeze on US taxpayer funds to AIG until AIG divests itself of its sharia financial business; the resignations of those responsible for this sharia bailout (I like that!); and Congressional investigations into sharia-complicant finance and sharia-compliant businesses in the US "to end their ability to promote the Islamic supremacist ideology in America."
Sign me up.