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New Anti-Sharia Legislation Introduced in Several States


Sen. Lee “not so” Bright.

New Anti-Sharia Legislation Introduced in Several States


The 2014 legislative year has already seen legislation proposed that would ban the application of Sharia law in state courts. There are currently nine states that have introduced some variation of a bill aiming to block Islamic law. Most of the bills have carried over from 2013 with the exception of Vermont, which has introduced its first bill of this stature.

The bills are intended to combat the perceived threat that Muslims are undermining the United States Constitution and imposing Sharia law. Although almost none of the bills mention Sharia or other religious law specifically, instead opting for more neutral language, such as “foreign” and “international” law, their intent to vilify Muslims remains very much the same.

The bills are modeled after legislation entitled American Laws for American Courts (ALAC), which was authored by anti-Muslim lawyer and activist David Yerushalmi. The decision to explicitly leave out words like Sharia and Islam reflects a recent court case in Oklahoma where a federal judge ruled that legislation directly targeting Sharia law was in violation of Muslims’ Constitutional rights. However, the bill was amended and secured Oklahoma as the sixth state to enact such a law. Now even more states are looking to pass their own versions.

South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright (R) is one of the lawmakers trying to pass this type of legislation in his state. Bright is a prime example of the paranoia and anti-Muslim demagoguery behind these bills. Over the summer, Bright, who is primarying Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for a 2014 Senate seat, accused the senator of being a “community organizer for the Muslim Brotherhood.” This was after Graham took a diplomatic trip to Egypt with Senator John McCain (R-AZ). In a recent speech, Bright also went on a diatribe about Muslim immigration, asserting that the country might be admitting terrorists.

“We got to be careful about who we let into this country,” he told the crowd. “A lot of these folks from terrorist nations are coming in on student visas, and we shouldn’t allow it.” Later in the speech, Bright referred to immigrants crossing the Southern border unlawfully as “an invasion” and claimed some of them might have connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Bright is not the only state representative looking to have a bill of this category passed, however. Listed below are all of the proposed 2014 anti-Sharia bills:

  • Florida has introduced Senate Bill 386. The bill’s sponsor is Sen. Alan Hays (R), who last year proposed SB 58, which died on the Senate floor. Hays has previously compared Sharia law to a “dreadful disease,” and its only vaccination is anti-Sharia legislation.

  • Georgia has introduced HB 895 and SR 808 prohibiting courts from recognizing foreign and international law.

  • Iowa’s House Bill 76 was carried over from 2013 and has been referred to a Judiciary House Committee.

  • Kentucky has introduced HB 43, which has been referred to a House Judiciary Committee.

  • Missouri has re-introduced SB 619. The bill’s sponsor is Republican State Senator Brian Knieves, an anti-immigrant legislator and member of the State Legislators for Legal Immigration. SB 619 was vetoed last summer by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

  • South Carolina has introduced three bills: HB 4494, which specifically bans Sharia, and SB 60 and 81, both of which were carried over from 2013. Sen. Bright is responsible for SB 81.

  • Mississippi has introduced HB 44, which has been referred to a House Judiciary Committee.

  • Vermont has introduced SB 265 and is the state’s first anti-Sharia bill.

  • West Virginia has introduced SB 2116, which is currently in a Judiciary House Committee.

  • Washington has introduced SB 6118 and HB 1392, which carried over from 2013.

Legislation outlawing Sharia law in state courts remains unnecessary and a distraction from more pressing matters. The background of the laws and its fringe sponsors show their true intent and has no place in our legislative process.

For more on Senator Lee Bright and his controversial views, visit The National Memo here.

“Lee Bright Warns of Immigrant ‘Invasion’ From ‘Terrorist Nations’” (via Right Wing Watch)

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  • Laila Muhammad

    Talmudic laws in nyc and other cities seems to be immune from these anti-int’l law bills…wonder why?….maybe mr jarushalem could enlighten us

  • Seeker

    The Muslims are taking over in France and have taken territories in England
    Oh noooo, our secret is out !!! It’s time for Operation Taqiyya everybody !

  • Hussein

    Yes, the fear what they see in Islamic countries, then wants to have a preemtive laws and at the same time giving those who wants these laws a signal that they are not welcomed. Who really will want to live under sharia Law…? Look at Theocratic Iran, Saudi Arabia and all the muslim countries where sharia is implemented if there is human rights and tolerance. The west should fight against sharia law with tooth and nail.

  • Hussein

    Can someone please tell me where on this earth the sharia is implemented, and at the same time does not infrige on human rights…? Is it in Pakistan with their blasphemy law..? Somalia, Sudan..? Saudi Arabia..? Are these coincidences..? Then which place is there on this earth that sharia is well implemented and then people hurry or rush to live there…?

  • The greenmantle

    Sorry are you on the same planet / dimention as everyone else on this blog ?
    have you ever travelled much ? I am British and now live in France and can confirm you are talking what I can only say is complete bollocks . Maybe if you dealt with the real world and actually got out of your basement you would realise this . By the way world of warcraft does not count as travelling .
    Have a nice day
    Sir David

  • Amie

    Not if you look the way Shari’ah Law is interpreted in countries like Saudi Arabia. In fact, I sometimes wonder if their version of Shari’ah is a mix of islamic and Mosaic Law (you know: chopping heads, chopping hands, stoning, etc). For example, the stoning punishment comes directly from the Mosaic Law (Old Testament). No stoning is required according to the Qur’an. However, to make their actions islamically lawful certain countries like Saudi Arabia have invented a story how the stoning punishment was in the Qur’an but the passage was “eaten by a goat.” What a joke! Really? A goat? So Allah SWT promises to keep his Word intact and protected, yet a goat got it?!? Check out this video in Arabic and English from learned sheikh Imran Hosein explaining the lie about the stoning rule:

  • Amie

    Are we, the American Muslims, being prepared for something more sinister? 🙁 I hope not.

  • Amie

    I agree that such legislation moves are a distraction. However, such a bill if implemented 100% would mean that a Muslim might not have a right to have a place of worship, Muslim woman might be forbidden to wear hijab, Muslims might be forbidden from praying over their dead, or to slaughter animals in an islamic manner. If the sole purpose of such legislative actions are to ensure that no international or religious law topples the law of the land (the U.S. Constitution) in regards to any situations that may arise (e.g. war time rules, murder, robberies, marriage issues), then fine. The majority rules, and people have such right. However, I can see where the abuse of such anti-Sharia law can start to opress the Muslim minority in the country.

  • Nur Alia binti Ahmad

    If they base their assertion of ‘foreign law’ on the origin of Islam, doesn’t that also invalidate law based on Christian beliefs…because Christianity didn’t originate on American soil either.

  • The greenmantle

    Oh yes and when they realise who really wrote this hate filled rubbish it will get even more amusing 😉
    Sir David

  • Yausari

    What are the laws exactly they’re trying to block? I bet they don’t know the first thing about it.

  • The greenmantle

    Wow it must be wonderful to live in such places that have no problems with healthcare ,housing, unemployment, crime, education, roads taxation , sewerage , water , pollution , argiculture so they have time time to deal with this important issue
    Sir David

  • The greenmantle

    They cannot . Its a hoot ,just wait for the first antisemite to make a complaint .
    Sir David

  • Amro

    Question: how can Beth dins operate in light of this legislation?

  • George Carty

    Yes, especially since Mosaic law makes Shari’ah look humanitarian by comparison.

  • Rizwan

    Seven per cent of the US population wants the Law of the Bible to be the law of the land. How about passing a law to make it illegal to enforce Biblical Law in the US? Sauce gander sauce goose.

  • Reynardine

    If they don’t stop it, they’ll go blind.

  • mindy1

    All this effort for a vague threat, meanwhile they are doing what about the economy and education….

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    I’m actually quite surprised by Vermont not surprised by Sen. Lee Bright of South Carolina. Seems to be running on the Confederate ticket.

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