It's possible that the term "McCarthyism" is bandied about too much. But this is stupid, ugly, McCarthyist fear-mongering, and the people who engage in it -- as well as the people who buy it -- are going to be (rightfully) judged harshly by history. New York Times:
"Mr. Williams was one of 10 Democrats who voted against putting a state constitutional amendment on the ballot that would forbid state judges from considering international or Islamic law in deciding cases. He considered the idea unnecessary, since the First Amendment already bans state-imposed religion.Like I said recently, though, history never pays a price. So rather than wait, it's important now to call these stupid, ugly McCarthyist fearmongers out for the stupid, ugly McCarthyist fearmongers they are.
His Republican challenger sent out mailers showing him next to a shadowy figure in an Arab headdress. On the other side, the flier said Mr. Williams wanted to allow “Islamic ‘Shariah’ law to be used by Oklahoma courts” and suggested that he was part of “an international movement, supported by militant Muslims and liberals,” to establish Islamic law throughout the world.