GEORGIA and SOUTH CAROLINA jump on the ANTI-SHARI'A law bandwagon

Joining several other states that have introduced anti-shari’a legislation and bucking the decision of the left wing judge in Oklahoma who ruled against 70% of the people who voted for a ban on shari’a law, Georgia and South Carolina introduce anti-shari’a (Islamic) law legislation of their own.

Following Oklahoma, Louisiana, Indiana, Wyoming, Texas, and others, Republican lawmakers in Georgia and South Carolina have Islamic Sharia Law on their minds.

TPMGEORGIA: The ‘American Laws for Georgia Courts Act’ was recently introduced in both chambers of Georgia’s General Assembly. The bill would amend Georgia law so that “no court, arbitrator, administrative agency, or other tribunal shall enforce a foreign law if doing so would violate a right guaranteed by the Constitution of this state or of the United States.” While Georgia’s bill is aimed at banning Sharia, it doesn’t explicitly mention it — a strategy employed in similar bills introduced other states.

State Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta), who is vice chairman of the Georgia House Judiciary Committee, introduced the bill in the state House, and told the Fulton County Daily Reportthe bill would ban Sharia. “We’re seeing more of a feeling that Sharia law should be applied in domestic cases,” Jacobs said. State Rep. Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and another of the bill’s sponsors, said he wants to “see what comes up in hearings.”

Legislation to ban Sharia has been introduced in several states. Read TPM’s investigation of the origins of Sharia anxiety in the U.S. here.

TPM — SOUTH CAROLINA: Lawmakers in South Carolina have introduced a bill that would “prevent a court or other enforcement authority from enforcing foreign law in this state.” This effectively makes South Carolina the latest state to consider legislation that would ban sharia law, though one of the bill’s sponsors insists its more than that.

State Sen. Michael Fair (R-Greenville), who introduced the bill in the Senate, told TPM in an interview. “There are some localities around the country that have imposed sharia law in lieu of local laws.”

Fair  said sharia law has come into play in child custody battles, which he called “egregious.” He also cited a case in Arizona, where an Iraqi man is accused of murdering his daughter for being too “Westernized.”  Fair maintains that his bill — which Rep. Wendy K. Nanney (R-Greenville) drafted and introduced in the House — doesn’t target Muslims in particular. (But we know thats the reason for the bill)

Fair said the bill was needed because people are moving to South Carolina from countries where religion and law “are practically synonymous.” “Some of them are coming from Muslim countries — it’s a brand new experience for them, that we believe women are equal to men, and that color of skin doesn’t weigh into a person getting consideration from anything,” he said.

MADISON AVENUE & 42ND STREET, NYC but no Democrat in NY will introduce anti-shari’a legislation.