What Is 'White Sharia'? Alt-Right Blogger Doesn't Want Women To Vote, Drive Or Work

White nationalist attend a White Lives Matter rally is hosted by Nationalist Front, which is a coalition of several white supremacist organizations. The movement is now coining the term White Sharia. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

White supremacists want to take over everything — even the thing they hate the most: Islam's Sharia Law.

White Sharia—as coined by a former Marine blogger—is still anti-Muslim, but seizes on orthodox Islam's ideal of obedient women and turns it into its own movement, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups.

White Sharia started as an online meme by Sacco Vandal, the ex-soldier and white supremacist, who wrote on his blog that feminists and a falling American patriarchy are resulting in men losing their "barbarity."

"Whites did not conquer the entire Earth by being nice or civilized; Whites conquered the world by sailing into foreign lands and taking those lands by force," Vandal wrote.

And he says White Sharia can help white men become men again, and that the U.S. needs to regain its "extreme patriarchy."

But what started as an online trolling mechanism to bring attention to the idea that feminists are hurting the alt-right movement turned into something much more aggressive.

"They don't like Muslims, but they don't have a problem with what are regressive treatment of women," Heidi Beirich, the director of Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, told Newsweek. "They have come to the position that Sharia law is turning women into baby factories and turning them back into the home, and they're fine with that."

This phrase begun gaining popularity only in the past few months. Many believe its rise to popularity is due to the #MeToo movement, in which dozens of women have come out against powerful men with sexual misconduct allegations.

"The reason you're seeing [white Sharia] a lot more recently is this social movement against sexual harassment," Beirich said. "These are people who don't believe the concept of sexual harassment exists."

Vandal seems to agree with Beirich. He wrote on his blog that men should be able to "rape, pillage, and plunder" once again.

"The Muslim world is the only civilization left on Earth today where an extreme and rigidly codified patriarchy still exists," he wrote. "Sharia law, though practiced today by some of the world's most despicable races, is the only living example of anything that even remotely approximates the patriarchal society that Western man once had himself."

The blog post was written in June. The #MeToo movement didn't start until last month, when Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. Still, Beirich says, the movement has propelled White Sharia beyond an online meme and into something more serious.

"In the last month or so, after Weinstein, is moving beyond a troll and into a slogan," Beirich said. "I can't even think of another example of this. I think they're just trying to be provocative—to get people to start talking about these issues. In a way it's racist marketing."

Not everyone in the movement agrees that it's a term white supremacists should be claiming. One critic wrote an article titled "Whigger Sharia," in which he said "advocating 'white Sharia' is, in most cases, probably just a childish troll."

Vandal summed up his argument by writing, "When I say we will have White Sharia in White Afghanistan [aka rural America] one day, it means that we will have an extreme tribal patriarchy in the ethnostate."