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David Barkey: Leadership in Tallahassee must stand against intolerance

Loon Lawyer David Yerushalmi

Loon Lawyer David Yerushalmi

Perhaps the strangest of Islamophobes, Jewish White Supremacist David Yerushalmi is giving the anti-Shariah legislation drive another push in Florida.

Leadership in Tallahassee must stand against intolerance

by David Barkey (Tampa Bay Online)

Over the past two legislative sessions, the Florida House and Senate wasted precious taxpayer dollars hearing harmful and unnecessary anti-Sharia legislation. Indeed, it came perilously close to passage in 2012 — passing the House and ultimately dying awaiting a final vote in the Senate.

So no Floridian should be surprised that an anti-Sharia bill was once again filed for the 2013 session. The real uncertainty is whether Tallahassee leadership will finally stand up to this intolerance, or again give into it and, in the process, waste valuable taxpayer dollars.

The neutrally titled and worded “Application of Foreign Law” bill, which applies to family law provisions, is nothing more than camouflaged bigotry. It is based on model language drafted by a controversial attorney, David Yerushalmi, who has a record of espousing anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and racist views.

This legislation is a classic example of the proverbial “solution in search of a problem.” Its supposed purpose is to counter the infiltration of our judicial and legal system by Sharia (Islamic) law. But for the past two legislative sessions, proponents have failed to cite even one Florida court decision, or any other court decision, demonstrating an actual need for this legislation.

They can’t provide any examples because — as pointed out by a recent American Bar Association resolution and report opposing anti-Sharia measures — state and federal laws already prohibit courts from applying religious or foreign law in any way that would be against public policy, or constitute government advancement of or entanglement with religion.

This reckless legislation, however, imprudently goes far beyond these proven limitations.

The Legislature’s leadership should block this legislation because it is legally unwarranted and morally abhorrent. Simply put, anti-Muslim prejudice must not be memorialized in Florida law. But blocking this legislation is also in the religious freedom interests of other Florida communities.

This legislation is applicable to all religious law. So, for instance, the observant Jewish community regularly uses religious tribunals (Bet Dins) to resolve all kinds of disputes, including divorce settlements, which often are the basis for civil court divorce decrees and orders.

But this legislation would prevent a Jewish couple in Florida from voluntarily using a Bet Din to resolve their divorce settlement, and also would invalidate an out-of state divorce based on a Bet Din arbitration.

It also could negatively impact the use of Christian religious tribunals or certain applications of Canon law.

The leadership in Tallahassee needs to send a clear message that Florida values its diversity and welcomes persons of all backgrounds. They can do that by blocking this offensive bill, and unifying Floridians through legislation that finds common ground to move the state forward.

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  • Leftwing_Muslim_Alliance

    What makes you think they went away ?
    Sir David

  • Kirook

    I’ve heard of it. Worst. Acronym. Ever.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    You guys are probably aware that he is part of (In)SANE, a real nutty organization, that wants practice of Islam to be criminalized in the US and has some weird blend of pseudo-Christian identity and racist revisionist history.

  • Kirook

    Counter Jihadists will take in anyone who demonizes Muslims. ANYONE. I mean, look at the EDL.

  • Kirook

  • http://twitter.com/CriticalDragon1 CriticalDragon1177

    If we are, even people like David Yerushalmi and Pamela Geller might be sorry, given the fact that they’re Jews, and its a well known fact that the Nazis weren’t too fond of Jews.

  • Reynardine

    Too much global warming shuts down brain cells.

  • Talking_fish_head

    are we seeing the return of the Nazi’s?

  • Reynardine

    Florida, the Gateway to Latin America, is the last place they need to do this. Quite a few commercial contracts are written with reference to the law of Codex jurisdictions. Under this enactment, they’d be void. Hell, even contracts with entities in Louisiana might be void. I see Supremacy Clause and Commerce Clause problems right away, even if they think they can get around the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

  • Talking_fish_head

    why isn’t the FBI on this guy, instead of chasing imaginary Muslamic threats

  • mindy1

    Florida, why u waste energy on stoopid stuff?

  • mindy1

    He said that?! Holy crap, and people STILL listen to him :O

  • http://twitter.com/CriticalDragon1 CriticalDragon1177

    The fact that he is so respect, even such a major figure in the “counter Jihad” speaks volumes doesn’t it?

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Yup.

  • Kirook

    Just a d*mn second… isn’t this the guy who actually said he was trying to end democracy in America?

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Yerushalmi still up to his old tricks I see.

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