State Passes New Law Forcing This On Muslims - They Aren’t Happy

Arkansas lawmakers are trying to batten down the hatches against cultural influences that might seep into American courtrooms. They passed a bill that says that judges in American courtrooms would only take into consideration American-based laws in their decisions. Muslims hotly protested the bill.

House approved HB-1041 doesn't mention Sharia law, the strict legal framework of laws based on the Muslim religion, but Muslims in Arkansas took the bill personally. Arguments against the bill say it was drafted to 'target' Sharia laws to prevent influences in the increasing Muslim population.

The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Brandt Smith (R-Jonesboro), who could not actually name any example of when foreign cultures and laws did invade an American courtroom. And apparently, he'd like to keep it that way.

Marine Corps. Col. Paul Deckert (Ret.) from the Center for Security Policy testified along-side Smith and cited situations in which the law might apply, such as parental kidnappings from foreign-born parents who flee the country with a child.

“Sharia mandates that Muslims respect the laws of the land,” said Hashim Ghori, an outspoken opponent of the bill. He argued in a lengthy speech that it was unnecessary. “Muslim Americans are subject to the same laws and constitution as any other American, as any one of you.”

When it was pointed out to Ghori that Sharia law was not mentioned specifically in the legislation, he asked, "Then what is the purpose of this law?” Ghori pleaded. “Is it judicial, legislative, criminal? A law you want to clarify in your own ways in your constitution? What is it that you’re really after, we want to know.”

Another lawmaker questioned Smith about whether the language of the bill could prohibit Judeo-Christian laws, such as the 10 Commandments, but no conclusion could be reached.

Similar legislation has recently appeared in Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon and Montana in the past year. Some in Arkansas requested a delay on the vote, but were overruled. The bill passed by a 63-64 vote.

Source: The Washington Times
Photo: Mad World News

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