Feb 24 2011
TENNESSEE Senator proposes new state law that would make following Shari'a law a felony, punishable by 15 years in jail
It also claims that any adherence to Shari’a law – which includes religious practices like feet-washing and prayers – is treasonous. It would require the state attorney general to investigate Shari’a-compliant groups.
The bill claims that Shari’a law is a danger to homeland security. “The threat from Shari’a-based jihad and terrorism presents a real and present danger to the lawful governance of this state and to the peaceful enjoyment of citizenship by the residents of this state,” the bill reads.
State Senator Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, introduced the bill, known as Senate Bill 1028, last week. A House version of the bill, House Bill 1353, was introduced by House Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma.
It’s too soon to say how far the bill will progress. Ketron and Matheny filed the measure on Thursday, the deadline for bill introductions, and it has not yet been assigned a date for a hearing. The legislation would have to clear legislative
committees and win the support of both chambers and the governor before becoming law.
As leaders in the legislature, Ketron and Matheny would be well-placed to shepherd the measure through the General Assembly, but both have introduced an extensive slate of other bills.
A dozen other states are also considering anti-Shari’a law bills. Most would ban courts from citing Shari’a law. Oklahoma voters approved a referendum in November that banned Oklahoma courts from using Shari’a law in their rulings. A federal judge blocked the Oklahoma law from being implemented, pending a federal lawsuit claiming the law is unconstitutional.