Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed a bill that will prevent Shariah law and other forms of foreign law from being used in Texas courts.
For years, Muslims have been committing crimes and trying to excuse themselves using Shariah law.
While this may work in the Middle East, this is not how the American justice system works.
The new bill, known as the “American Laws for American Courts” bill states that “litigants in actions under the Family Code involving a marriage relationship or a parent-child relationship are protected against violations of constitutional rights and public policy in the application of foreign law and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards by courts of this state by a well-established body of law.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
Breaking this down, what it essentially means is that in cases that involve divorces, child custody, child support or other family disputes, foreign law — including Shariah — cannot be entered into proceedings. Before, said the bill’s author, Republican state Rep. Dan Flynn, spouses could enter into agreements that would apply foreign law to their cases.
“My colleagues and I here at the Texas Legislature want to make sure Texas judges never apply foreign law in Texas courts in violation of constitutional rights and the public policy of our state,” Flynn said, according to Breitbart.
The bill doesn’t mention any particular code by name, simply noting that foreign law is “a law, rule, or code of a jurisdiction outside of the states and territories of the United States.” Instead, it says that U.S. law and Texas law supersedes all law in this area.
Not surprisingly, Muslims are fighting the bill, calling it insensitive.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued a statement, saying that HB 45 “is designed to negatively impact Muslims’ civil rights and to demonize their faith. We believe it aims to prevent Muslims from practicing their faith in areas such as Islamic marriage, divorce, funeral procedures and civil agreements.”
The reality is, if Shariah law was so great, Muslims would have no reason to leave the Middle East. Obviously it isn’t great as they feel the need to move to the United States to escape the violence they face back home. The only reason they are calling for Shariah law here is because they want to be able to break the law and get away with it. Too bad for them, that isn’t how the law works.
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