Politics

After Easy House Passage, 'Anti-Sharia' Bill Dies in Senate

By: Kenric Ward | Posted: March 10, 2012 3:55 AM
Alan Hays

Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla | Credit: Mark Foley - myfloridahouse.gov

Assailed by Muslim groups and quashed by Senate President Mike Haridopolos, an "anti-Sharia" law bill died in the Florida Legislature on Friday.

Senate Bill 1360 would have restricted state courts from considering foreign laws in most cases. Authored by Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, the bill was identical to HB 1209, which easily passed the House 92-24.

But Hays' bill became ensnared in a late-breaking political controversy when proponents distributed fliers and a pamphlet decrying the alleged intrusion of Islamic law into America's courts.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations and another Muslim group, United Voices for America, condemned the leaflets, as well as the legislation -- even though the bill did not specifically reference Sharia or any religious law.

A delegation of Muslim and other religious leaders met with Haridopolos' chief of staff earlier in the week to demand that Hays' measure be postponed pending an investigation of the fliers.

Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, made no public statement about the controversy, but refused to call the bill for a vote in the waning hours of the 2012 session Friday.

David Yerushalmi, author of similar legislation being considered in other states and a defender of Hays' bill, deferred comment on the situation pending the close of the session.

"The people's representatives will do their job as they deem appropriate. If it passes, good. If not, there's always next legislative session with a new freshman class," said Yerushalmi, who is legal counsel at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy and author of "American Laws for American Courts."

Hays, who was not immediately available to comment, distributed the pamphlet entitled "Shari'ah Law: Radical Islam's Threat to the U.S. Constitution."

Earlier, he said of his opponents: "Do these people not understand the foundation of our Constitution and freedom of speech? Where have they been?"



Contact Kenric Ward at kward@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 559-4719.

Comments (19)

Fazal
1:45PM MAY 2ND 2013
its always the IGNORANT fools trying to FEAR-MONGERING to the American people how the hell is Islamic Law going to become an American Law.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
AMERICAN LAW IS AMERICAN LAW ~ ISLAMIC LAW IS ISLAMIC LAW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
just shows these DUMB IGNORANT senators or MORE like UN-educated how these people become senators is beyond me I GUEST them and their constituents are just the same DUMB
Louise Strauss
10:24AM MAR 18TH 2012
When you immigrate to any country you must live by their laws. In America no law can over ride American law or the Constitution. The Muslims argue for acceptance but do not practice it. A perfect example is the Muslim who converted to Christianity or the cartonist who are sentenced to death for daring to not be Muslim or criticize Islam . They accept no religion or law but Islam and sentence anyone who violates it to death. Is that what we want in our country? Islam is not just a religion it is the secular law of the land and we do not have that in this country. We have the laws to govern us and religious freedom to worship, not rule our country. They can worship in their mosques but not dictate law to our courts or people.
David Yerushalmi
2:53PM MAR 15TH 2012
I am a racist, greedy pig. I hate Muslims because that job pays the most money these days. It's fun working for the shady Center for Security Policy because we fart out new laws from our ugly ass......I mean c'mon, Who gets paid big bucks to do that??? The funny thing is that the first one was hard....I literally farted my brains out...LOL.....and that's why the laws I write make no sense to anyone.....even me..hehe. Btw, David Horowitz, Robert Spencer, Daniel Pipes, Steve Emerson love to smell and cherish my fart laws....but tell you what, Pamela Geller and Brigitte Gabriel are my favorite...we have fart orgies and they love fart facials....I didn't tell you all that okay...that's supposed to be our office secret.
youretryingtomaketheconstitutionadoormat
6:17PM MAR 13TH 2012
Obviously it would violate the constitution to limit Shariah. Shariah is a very broad term, almost as broad as the term "morality." If Muslims heard the recent mass murderer soldier in Afghanistan saying he had killed the 16 innocent men women and children on his rampage because "his morality told him to do it," then an intelligent person would say "his sense of morality is wrong." But the anti-Shariah evilgelicals are not so clever. They say to themselves "Shariah is wrong" (God forbid) because people do wrong things in the name of Shariah. Although what the people do in the name of Shariah is itself against Shariah, some Christians leap to the conclusion that Shariah itself is to blame, just as a stupid person would. Shariah is a very broad term which applies to everything. Outlawing Shariah is outlawing Islam. If you outlaw Shariah then you will have made it illegal to be good. Illegal to walk into a house with your right foot, illegal to walk out of a house with your left foot. Veeeeerrry stupid.
Iqbal Kazmi
11:38PM MAR 11TH 2012
The bill would impact all non-Protestants (Muslims, Jews and Catholics) who use Muslim , Jewish or Papal laws for wedding and other cerimonies.

These bills are bigoted and violate U.S. Constitutional law. This kind of legislation has no place in Florida or anywhere in the U.S.

Much of this rhetoric very closely resembles Hitler's comments to the Lutheran Church in Germany as he was building the death camps, claiming the Jews were hindering commerce and affecting the common good of the German people. Too many Christians and Catholics kept quiet and let Hitler go, and we all know the result. We also know the result in WWII with the Japanese.
Constitutional Scholar
2:10PM MAR 12TH 2012
You are categorically wrong. This bill would not violate the U.S. Constitution in any way. It would rather merely reemphasize Article 6 of the Constitution, which states, "This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof;....shall be the supreme law of the land."

That means no other law can be submitted- neither Sha'ria, nor Leviticus, nor Hungarian law, nor even the Mickey Mouse Club Rule Book is permitted to be entered into competition with our supreme system.

As for your assertion that other religions would be impacted, both Judiasm and Christianity are quite clear about the requirement to follow the law of the land. Passage of this bill would have no discernable effect on them at all, as these religions already must follow the law of the land regardless of the nature of their ceremonies (e.g. the requirement to be in possession of "secular" marriage license in order for the union to be official).
to all the idiot's wanting this bill
12:11PM MAR 11TH 2012
this bill was produced by a racist pig and should have been shot down from the beginning I'm glad to hear that it failed. because if it passed we as American's would have lost our constitutional right's in every thing such as settling out of court as so on. vote for real people not career politicians that only want your vote to screw you from your right. while they take our tax dollars and spend it in israel, while we pay high gas prices our politician guarantee that israeli's are getting cheap oil. instead of fighting for your right they are fighting for israel's right to exist, and pissing on us. people rising against there government's to protest that there government is not spending enough on them is ok by our politician's in other country's but not ok by us to protest our governments spending habit's so keep up the good work people let them dupe you into believing islam is the cause while they bringing down our country ...............
William in Tampa
4:42PM MAR 11TH 2012
You are obviously a a Muslim, as this law simply states that AMERICAN (or FLORIDA) CONSTITUTIONAL LAW TRUMPS ANY FOREIGN LAW. This is America. If you want adjudication by any other law, please leave my country

Hardopolis sold out on this one - glad he's GONE.
Ahmed
2:36PM MAR 15TH 2012
Your country???? since when???? YOU have NO RIGHT whatsoever to that claim unless you are Native american. But if you mean by birth, which the constitution guarantees, then it applies equally to ANYONE and EVERYONE whether it be a Christian, Jew, Hindu, Atheist or MUSLIM.
Andrew Nappi
7:18PM MAR 10TH 2012
This "law" was wrong to begin with and here is why. This is one of those band aid type approaches. It is hoped to be some kind of automatic trigger for things the electorate is to lazy to monitor. First, it has been a practice in America for consenting litigants to defer to the decision of their religious elders if they so choose; OUTSIDE of the court venue. The court's agreement that the decision is binding is no an admission that this decision is the substitution of law. It is really no different than an out of court mediation.
The law that really needs passing is one that first eliminates judgeships for life. The law should also allow for impeachment in cases where judges substitute foreign law of any kind, religious or not, for the state or federal constitution. This law would enable the citizens to implement this by petition if lawmakers choose not to do so, but it should be written in such a way as they have no choice to ignore the charges. Further, any biography of a judge if appointed, should have the names of those who appointed. Any elected official who appoints a judge who considers foreign civil or religious law should be either subject to recall or at least driven out of office by his/her constitutents.
This failed bill was revealed for what it really was- a knee jerk reaction to Islam based on the incessant war drum scare tactics whipped up by FOX and the likes of Pamela Gellar, who is IMHO, bat guano crazy.
Focus the laws where it matters, at the committers of the infraction. You may also want to read the notes on the ratification of the constitution by the North Carolinians. They considered what they called "mohammedans" and "turkmen." The influence of non Christian influences vs. the freedom of religion is nothing new in the Republic. Freedom must always win out over fear.
Dmitry
5:50PM MAR 10TH 2012
I wonder about Haridopulos' agenda: it looks like he deliberately tries to piss off as many Republican voters as possible. Is cushy spot somewhere next to "independent" Charley Crist in works? That great "republican" is rumored recently to turn Dem, and maybe this one is simply currying favor from his future comrades.
BM
1:13PM MAR 10TH 2012
Someone might want to check Mr. Hays' bank account. Politicians do not dump their own bill in a matter of hours for nothing.

As far as Haridopolos his office killed e-verify last year and now this. No doubt in his new job he will be teaching foreign relations.
RepublicanConscience
11:06AM MAR 10TH 2012
Islam is not a Religion and any reference to it as such is due to ignorance. It is a government, and a government that declared war on the United States of America and Western Civilization as a whole. It should not have any standing in the United States nor should it have any protection under the 1st Amendment protection of Religion. The best thing that we could do is revoke the citizenship of anyone claiming citizenship of Islam. BTW if this is offensive, I don't C.A.I.R.
Don Kepus
10:17AM MAR 10TH 2012
Hey MJ You are a moron, Hari- dope is doing exactly what you purport Hays is doing, Wake up dork, read the bill yourself. Its the mindset of morons like you that turned Germany into a dictator and is trying to do to this country,. Who pays your salary CAIR.?????
Don Kepus
10:14AM MAR 10TH 2012
VERY GOOD SEN. HAYS. Never give up the fight and or course, get rid of the chicken sh-- Hari dope. Next year , vote for someone with some cajones. Better yet, why don't you go for the position. We certainly don't need any dictators running this state.
Don Kepus
10:09AM MAR 10TH 2012
Well it looks like Hari-dope-oulos may be related to the Obummer. They both must be muslim converted snobs. Really people, Hari needs to get his head out of the sand and look at what is coming down the pike. The constitution clearly requires no imposition of any type religious law on to the people in any of our state or federal court systems. And only because, our judges cannot be trusted to abide by our laws, they have tended to rule for the Islamic religion tenets. WRONG. Therefore, Chicken-Sh-- Hari, put the bill back in and put it on the floor for a vote. WHEN DID THEY MAKE YOU THE DICTATOR OF FLORIDA.
Pat Galbraith
8:06AM MAR 10TH 2012
Personally I think this is a mistake. I am a Catholic. We have Canon Law. Id two Catholics enter into a contract and wish to use Canon Law, this is a private agreement and, unless the contract violates civil law, enforceable in court. In fact, if a question does come before a civil court, the Judge should simply say "get this out of my court and user the contract provisions". But, if one party insists on a civil court hearing, only civil law should be considered.

Religious law, or foreign law, has no position in our civil courts.
MJ
10:11AM MAR 10TH 2012
Understanding your thought, you need to read the bills. This would also apply if they wanted to use it to Catholics who did not want an abortion, and the bill clearly allows the court to force things like abortion and contraception on Catholics as well, since they follow papal law.

These bills are bigoted and violate U.S. Constitutional law. The haters that proposed them are attached and finance known white supremacy groups. This kind of legislation has no place in Florida or anywhere in the U.S.

Much of this rhetoric very closely resembles Hitler's comments to the Lutheran Church in Germany as he was building the death camps, claiming the Jews were hindering commerce and affecting the common good of the German people. Too many Christians and Catholics kept quiet and let Hitler go, and we all know the result. We also know the result in WWII with the Japanese.

Hays needs to be gotten out of office, as do a few more of them, before they turn this into a dictatorship run by an Arian mindset. They continue to try.
MJ
10:11AM MAR 10TH 2012
Understanding your thought, you need to read the bills. This would also apply if they wanted to use it to Catholics who did not want an abortion, and the bill clearly allows the court to force things like abortion and contraception on Catholics as well, since they follow papal law.

These bills are bigoted and violate U.S. Constitutional law. The haters that proposed them are attached and finance known white supremacy groups. This kind of legislation has no place in Florida or anywhere in the U.S.

Much of this rhetoric very closely resembles Hitler's comments to the Lutheran Church in Germany as he was building the death camps, claiming the Jews were hindering commerce and affecting the common good of the German people. Too many Christians and Catholics kept quiet and let Hitler go, and we all know the result. We also know the result in WWII with the Japanese.

Hays needs to be gotten out of office, as do a few more of them, before they turn this into a dictatorship run by an Arian mindset. They continue to try.

Leave a Comment on This Story

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.