Washington, DC – The Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE) announced today the launch of the Mapping Shari’a in America Project, the world’s first effort to systematically evaluate the threat that a nation faces from efforts to impose Shari’a within its borders.

The project will collect information about America’s 2,300-plus mosques and associated day schools, provide information to both law enforcement officials and the public, and test the proposition that Shari’a amounts to a criminal conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government.

Today’s announcement comes after a week-long pilot study of the Dar Al Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, which uncovered clear and convincing evidence of direct and indirect links to violent Jihad.  The project is already making this information available to law enforcement and the public.

“Shari’a is not merely speech, and it is certainly not religion as understood by the West,” SANE’s President, David Yerushalmi, said at a morning press conference. “Rather, it is a political and ideological mandate to destroy the West. We believe that every act to teach, preach, and live according to traditional, historical, and authoritative Shari’a contributes to a criminal conspiracy to overthrow our government.”

Dave Gaubatz, who will direct the project, added, “We will rank the mosques and schools in terms of their adherence to Shari’a and, in turn, the risks they pose in terms of future Jihadist attacks.  We hope that our efforts help inform both law enforcement authorities and the public at large.”

Here’s how the project would work:

A team of seasoned intelligence and counter-terrorism experts and Islamic scholars (Arabs, Christians and Jews), many fluent in Arabic, Urdu, and Farsi, will visit America’s 2,300-plus mosques and associated day schools and collect information that includes statements by their leaders, the literature they use, the level of orthodoxy in prayer and discussion.

Through this investigation, which will last about a year, the project will develop two products:

First, for law enforcement officials, an interactive, cross-indexed mapping and ranking of Shari’a (ranked from 1-10) as it is preached, taught, and observed in each of the mosques and Islamic day schools.

Second, for the public, an open access portal that provides the ranking of individual mosques and schools.

The project is designed with two goals in mind.

First, to test the thesis that Shari’a amounts to a criminal conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States by undermining the Constitution. Thus, Jihad or terror (i.e., the murder of innocent Americans), is a tactic, not a goal, of Shari’a.

Second, to test the hypothesis that one can identify and interdict much of the early ground work for establishing Jihadist cells and networks by identifying mosques and Islamic day schools that are teaching and preaching traditional and authoritative Shari’a.

If the project establishes the link between Shari’a and the threat to the United States from Jihad, project leaders will then advocate for the criminalization of Shari’a – that is, to treat it as a criminal conspiracy to undermine the Constitution and to commit murder and treason.

About SANE: The Society of Americans for National Existence (SANE) is a non-profit 501c3 organization based in Arizona with offices in New York. SANE is a membership organization with thousands of members from all over the US. SANE is dedicated to preserving and strengthening America’s national existence by probing a new and deeper discussion of the issues others fear or just avoid.