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South Carolina Considers Ban on Sharia Law in Courts

Proposed legislation in South Carolina would prohibit lawyers from citing Sharia law in the state’s courts.

The House of Representatives approved the measure Jan. 28. If the Senate agrees, the bill will go to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley for her signature or veto. The legislation, introduced by GOP Rep. Chip Limehouse of Charleston, would prohibit mentioning any foreign law during legal proceedings, according to Courthouse News.

Sharia law is based on the Quran, the sacred text of Islam. Portions of the book restrict free speech, encourage violence against women and impose harsh punishments, the news site Opposing Views reported. Limehouse urged his colleagues to support the bill “so an attorney can’t go into state court and say that the defendant that beat up his daughter for going on a date with a non-Muslim was within his rights according to Sharia law.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations opposed the legislation by mailing letters to all the lawmakers in the South Carolina General Assembly. William Burgess, the organization’s senior staff attorney, warned that the measure would “send the unconstitutional message that Islam is an officially disfavored religion in the state of South Carolina, (which) would be in clear violation of the First Amendment’s command that government remain neutral in matters of religion.”

Photo: US Herald, Shoebat

South Carolina attempting to ban acknowledgment of Sharia law.

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