This is another one of those issues that should never have to be addressed. This is the United States. Therefore, the laws of our federal government, state governments, and local governments are to be used in deciding cases that come before our courts, with the US Constitution at the top of the hierarchy.
Laws of other nations, rules concocted by the United Nations or other such bodies, and the laws that might appear in the writings of religious groups don’t count. Much to their dismay, these exclusions include Sharia law, so beloved by Muslims. Put bluntly, the Koran and related Islamic writings are irrelevant in US courts.
Unfortunately, this has had to be made plain, as groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations and related groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood push forward with their efforts to turn the US into an Islamic country. And it has just been made plain in Texas as Governor Abbott just signed the “American Laws for American Courts” bill into law.
“Under HB 45, Texas and U.S. law supersede all other laws. It prevents state judges from applying any foreign law because, in doing so, it infringes upon U.S. and Texas constitutional rights. The bill shields litigants in family law cases ‘against violations of constitutional rights and public policy in the application of foreign law’ under the U.S. and Texas Constitutions, federal and judicial precedent, the Texas Family Code, and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, among other protections.
“HB 45 makes no mention of any particular foreign nation, religion, or cultural practice but clarifies that ‘foreign law’ means a rule, law, or code from a jurisdiction outside of the United States and it shall not override U.S and Texas law or their respective constitutions. It specifies that a ‘foreign judgment’ means a ruling from a court, tribunal, or administrative adjudicator outside U.S. states and territories. The bill underscores that, in the event of any legal conflicts, ‘federal or state law prevails.’”
Of course, CAIR opposed this bill, claiming that it infringes on the rights of Muslims to practice their religion. Their problem is that their definition of “practicing their religion” is so broad as to permit them to preempt the laws of the US and its states. That is not the proper definition of the free exercise of a religious faith, but is rather the overthrow of the legal system established in this country by the US Constitution and the constitutions of the states.
“HB 45 requires the Texas Supreme Court adopt its rules by January 1, 2018. The law goes into effect on September 1, making Texas the 12th state to enact ALAC. The other states are Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Washington, according to ACT for America.”
Those wish to live under Sharia Law are simply in the wrong country. It’s a big world out there, and those insisting on living under Islamic law would have no problem finding a nation that bases its legal system on Sharia Law. To expect to supplant the existing legal and court system in America with an Islamic one is not going to work.
In fact, it is an intolerant, selfish, and arrogant act to tell the citizens of a nation that they have to change their laws that have been in existence for a couple hundred years to suit a vocal minority who are relative newcomers.
Such instance betrays the real motives of these Islamic groups. This is not about being able to practice their faith. It’s about their goal of converting the US into an Islamic State.
And that’s just not going to happen.