CAIR to Florida Legislature: 'Sharia' Law Would Demonize Islam
Islamic leaders on Tuesday blasted proposed state legislation they said would “demonize Islam and marginalize Muslims.”
House Bill 1209, which would regulate the “application of foreign law in certain cases,” is scheduled to be heard by the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said the bill, sponsored by Rep. Larry Metz, R-Eustis, is designed to ensure that Sharia and other foreign laws are not applied to family law cases in Florida.
Both CAIR and the Jewish Anti-Defamation League have said such legislation is unnecessary and would restrict religious freedom.
Hassan Shibly, CAIR's Florida director, asserted that "anti-Sharia" laws are "frivolous."
"They're pre-empted by the First Amendment and Establishment Clause. They're un-American because they inhibit free exercise of religion on a personal level."