British Islamist extremist Anjem Choudary, who once said “the flag of Islam will fly over the White House,” and recently called Americans “the biggest criminals in the world today,” plans to bring his pro-sharia message to a rally near the White House on March 3. Choudary told a British newspaper that the rally will be “a call for the Sharia, a call for the Muslims to rise up and ­establish the Islamic state in America.”

I wonder if Choudary would ever be willing to answer some questions about his beliefs and the real nature of sharia law, such as the following:

1. Does Choudary agree with the following statement from the Islamic legal manual “Umdat al-Salik”: “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.” Does he expect American Muslims to follow that practice when they establish their Islamic state here?

2. Does he endorse the ritual of gang rape of women in the name of sharia, committed in numerous Islamic countries around the world in this decade?

3. Does he expect that American Muslims will endorse wife-beating (Koran 4:34) and female genital mutilation, which is practiced throughout the Muslim world? Does he agree with top Islamic clerics in Denmark and Lebanon who recently stated that women who do not wear a headscarf are asking to be raped? Does he think that Lara Logan was “asking for it” when she entered the mob in Egypt, near a famous university where the anti-women tenets of sharia are taught and honored?

4. Does he demand that American Muslims adopt sharia and swear off the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights, including the rights to a jury trial for criminal and civil cases, and also to substitute the judgment of a local Imam during the trial for the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and centuries of law protecting the rights of the accused? Does he expect Muslims here to form secret neighborhood courts, as they have in Europe and elsewhere, under which sharia justice will be imposed without regard to Constitutionally protected rights or the rule of law?

As a Catholic, I have to ask: Can you imagine if a group of American Catholics decided to call for “the establishment of a Papist state in America?” The mainstream networks would have us for lunch. But they’re dead silent on the Choudary rally and on the ugly side of sharia. Choudary isn’t kidding, though; he’s even created a Shariah4America website, although he obviously doesn’t know much about capitalism, since he misspelled the term. Americans who cherish fundamental liberties have to remove their heads from the sand and pay some attention to whackjobs like Choudary and the company they attract. It will be interesting to see if Choudary makes it across the pond and who joins him near the White House on March 3.