There is a growing Islamic movement across the United States.  Islamic immigrants and converts to the Muslim faith have formed many tight-knit communities in many different areas of the country.

The Islamic community is now trying to effectuate change in the judicial and legislative processes through political means.  The Muslim Brotherhood just formed an official political party for the purpose of getting Muslims elected to positions of power.

One problem that communities and states around America face by the increased involvement of Muslims in the political, legislative and judicial process, is the attempt by some Muslims to institute Islamic civil law, known as Sharia law.


Sharia law is a problem because it is, for the most part, incompatible with established law like US Code and the US Constitution.  Strict adherence to Sharia law allows for such things as honor killings, death sentences for adultery and prostitution and homosexuality, female genital mutilation, underage arranged marriages, and the beating of wives by Muslim men.

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But some states are taking steps to ensure that Sharia law isn’t implemented in America, passing legislation that prevents or outright bans Sharia law being used in their state courts.  States like Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Tennessee have all passed similar legislation.


However, the specific ban on Sharia law in Oklahoma was challenged and overturned because it was ruled discriminatory to a particular religion, Islam.  To get around such a ruling, some states are writing their legislation in such a way as to not mention any specific religion, instead referring to “foreign laws” as having no effect or standing in US court.

North Carolina has passed such a bill outlawing “foreign law” from being enforced in state courts.  It is of course met by resistance from organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, who have criticized the law as “anti-Sharia,” saying it marginalizes Muslims and prevents them from enjoying equal protections under the law and equal access to the court.  Somehow, they feel that they are entitled to using their own laws and codes of justice, and having to live equally under the same laws as the rest of us is discriminatory to them.


Florida is trying to pass a similar law, which has met defeat in the legislature four years in a row.  The legislation, which is a model for other states to consider, reads, in part:

“Defines “foreign law, legal code, or system”; specifies public policy on application of foreign law, legal code, or system in proceedings relating to dissolution of marriage, support, time-sharing, UCCJEA, & UIFSA; provides that certain decisions rendered under such laws, codes, or systems are void; provides that certain contracts & contract provisions are void; provides for construction of waiver by natural person of person’s fundamental liberties, rights, & privileges guaranteed by state or federal constitutions; provides that claims of forum non conveniens or related claims must be denied; provides that act doesn’t require or authorize court to adjudicate, or prohibit any religious organization from adjudicating, ecclesiastical matters in violation of specified constitutional provisions or to conflict with any federal treaty or other international agreement to which U.S. is party to specified extent.”

More states need to pass laws like this.  We are all for religious liberty, and respect the practices of other religions.  However, no religion can trump others, and no religious code of law will supercede US Code or the US Constitution.

For those that insist upon living under Sharia law, perhaps they should move to a country that already recognizes and institutes Sharia.  In America, our law has been, and will remain, based upon Judeo-Christian ethics, applied in the most secular way possible.  There is no room in the US court system for multiple and competing codes of law.  Any code of law that is incompatible with the US Constitution must give way.

Please share on Facebook and Twitter if you think more states should pass laws specifically preventing “foreign laws and codes” from being recognized or implemented in the United States court systems.

Brutus via Conservative Tribune



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