May 26 2012
Despite intense pressure from Muslim groups to veto the bill, Kansas Republican Governor Sam Brownback signs bill blocking any use of sharia (Islamic) law in courts and all government agencies. CAIR litigation jihadists vow to take Kansas to court.
Brownback ignored arguments from terror-linked CAIR who called the bill ‘unconstitutional.’ Hopefully this will set a precedent for all other states that are considering legislation to block sharia. You can thank GOV. BROWNBACK’S OFFICE HERE
The Blaze Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a law aimed at keeping the state’s courts or government agencies from basing decisions on Islamic or other foreign legal codes, and a national Muslim pressure group’s (CAIR) spokesman said Friday that a court challenge is likely.
The new law, taking effect July 1, doesn’t specifically mention Sharia law (Shhh! Everyone knows this law is targeted at sharia and only sharia), which broadly refers to codes within the Islamic legal system. Instead, it says courts, administrative agencies or state tribunals can’t base rulings on any foreign law or legal system that would not grant the parties the same rights guaranteed by state and U.S. constitutions.
“This bill should provide protection for Kansas citizens from the application of foreign laws,” said Stephen Gele, spokesman for the American Public Policy Alliance, a Michigan group promoting model legislation similar to the new Kansas law. “The bill does not read, in any way, to be discriminatory against any religion.” (They’ve learned from earlier cases to substitute ‘foreign’ for ‘sharia’ law in the wording of the bill)
But supporters have worried specifically about Sharia law being applied in Kansas court cases, and the alliance says on its website that it wants to protect Americans’ freedoms from “infiltration” by foreign laws and legal doctrines, “especially Islamic Sharia Law.”
Brownback’s office notified the state Senate of his decision Friday, but he actually signed the measure Monday. The governor’s spokeswoman, Sherriene Jones-Sontag, said in a statement that the bill “makes it clear that Kansas courts will rely exclusively on the laws of our state and our nation when deciding cases and will not consider the laws of foreign jurisdictions.”
Terror-linked Muslim groups like CAIR Muslim groups had urged Brownback to veto the measure, arguing that it promotes discrimination. Ibrahim ‘Dougie’ Hooper, a spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, said a court challenge is likely because supporters of the measure frequently expressed concern about Sharia law. Hooper said of Brownback, “If he claims it has nothing to do with Shariah or Islamic law or Muslims, then he wasn’t paying attention.”
Both the Washington-based council and the National Conference of State Legislatures say such proposals have been considered in 20 states, including Kansas. Gele said laws similar to Kansas’ new statute have been enacted in Arizona, Louisiana and Tennessee.
Supporters argue the measure simply ensures that legal decisions will protect long-cherished liberties, such as freedom of speech and religion and the right to equal treatment under the law. Gele said the measure would come into play if someone wanted to enforce a libel judgment against an American from a foreign nation without the same free speech protections.
The House approved the bill unanimously, the Senate, with broad, bipartisan support. “This disturbing recent trend of activist judges relying upon the laws of other nations has been rejected by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both the Kansas House and Senate,” Jones-Sontag said.