In the North Carolina General Assembly this week, HB 695 was passed by a vote of 69-42. The bill is entitled ‘Foreign Laws/Protect Constitutional Rights’. The long title is ‘An act to protect rights and privileges granted under the United States and North Carolina Constitutions in the application of foreign law’. In short, the bill states that the laws of the United States and North Carolina supersede that of foreign law introduced into the court system. For deeper detail, read the full text of HB 695. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.
There was a bit of mocking done regarding this bill by local media and on Twitter. Sharia, Islamic law, was automatically assigned to the bill in coverage of it, even though the term does not appear in the text. It was a reasonable assumption though, since multiple states have passed similar legislation and the target was to block Sharia law. I don’t know that I would have run with that as the title, for example, like Laura Leslie of WRAL did:
Sharia Law ban in House Thursday – By Laura Leslie
Raleigh, N.C. — A bill banning the recognition of Islamic Sharia law in North Carolina is scheduled for a final state House vote Thursday after it won tentative approval late Wednesday night.
The measure is modeled on legislation authored by an outspoken and controversial critic of Islam.
Sponsor Rep. Chris Whitmire, R-Transylvania, said House Bill 695 would protect North Carolinians’ constitutional rights in cases involving “foreign law.”
That’s the wording typically used in anti-Sharia bills after an Oklahoma judge struck down as unconstitutional a similar measure that singled out Sharia by name.
The proposal would apply only in family law and custody cases.
“The most egregious cases have been those concerning custody and divorce. We don’t want it here,” Whitmire said, noting that six other states have passed similar legislation, including Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Tennessee.
“Has this been a problem in North Carolina anywhere?” asked Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham.
“Not yet,” Whitmire answered, adding, “we have at least 27 cases in multiple states where it has.”
“You’re acknowledging we don’t have a problem here,” Luebke responded. “I cannot see for the life of me why we need a bill like this.”
Rep. Luebke seemingly would rather wait until we do have a problem? That’s not particularly proactive. One would think that a bill in defense of our Federal and State laws should appeal to everyone. Apparently not. Note that the vote was right down party lines again. Democrats all voted against it. Republicans all voted for it, with few abstaining due to absence.
Leslie then goes on to trash anyone promoting this legislation near the end of the article, which brings me to the biases seen regarding the bill. There were accusations this bill was a waste of time and cast as a Conservative cause with no merit. This bill is far from a waste of time and those casting it as a Conservative cause might need to re-think that a bit after reading this article. The religious landscape of the country has changed in the last decade, with an increase in the number and concentration of people practicing Islam. With the practice of Islam eventually comes the demand for Sharia. (Related: Islamic Infiltration in America. This is a NC related anecdote from 2009.)
First, what is Sharia?
Sharia is an Arabic word meaning “path” or “way.” Sharia is Islamic law – both moral and legal. Strictly speaking, it is divine law. Yes, it has some innocuous portions to it like hygiene and attire, but as a whole it is not a warm-fuzzy set of life guidelines — especially for women. It is overall quite oppressive and has a core tenet to it that flies in the face of one of the most important rights we have in the US: Free speech. (Read: Homeland Security guidelines advise deference to pro-Shariah Muslim supremacists)
People mocking those who voice concern over sharia often really have no idea what Sharia truly entails. They believe what is fed to them by the media – it’s harmless religious based law that could never affect our courts. Well it has and it still is in our courts, not just at the state level but the federal level. (Read: Acts 17 v. City of Dearborn)
Sharia is not yet prevalent in North Carolina courts, but it has been tried. Sharia itself is here in North Carolina and where sharia strengthens, lawsuits, abuse of non-believers and Jihad in some typically follows. (Read: N. Carolina Man Appears to Be Top Editor of Al Qaeda Magazine, U.S. Officials Say More on Samir Khan.) Related news stories:
- Muslim Sues To Use Quran For Court Oath
- Judge: Lejeune officials violated veteran’s rights by demanding removal of anti-Islam decals
- North Carolina aquatic center says yes to sharia law – makes public pool private for Muslim women
- Muslims Search Uptown Find Havens For Prayer Seems innocuous right? Wrong. Suing on religious discrimination grounds is a popular tactic; ‘tolerate our intolerance‘ is a popular theme that has little to do with religious needs and more to do with intimidation.
- NC Home Ownership the Sharia Way | Question & Answer Session
- Court of Appeals enforces Sharia Law marriage
A few key points about Sharia:
- If you are not Muslim, you have no inalienable rights. Non-believer lives are worth less and they must pay a tax in order to live in an Islamic state.
- No drinking of alcohol. That applies to non-Muslims too in a nation where Sharia is in place, like Egypt.
- Free speech is not on the menu unless it is favorable to Islam – the hypocrisy is mind-boggling. In fact, there are strict blasphemy laws.
- Sharia is not subject to democratic oversight. Religious leaders interpret and decide; their decisions often change.
- Men are superior to women in all things; money or inheritance, testimony. Read more.
- Apostasy comes with a death sentence. So does proselytizing.
- Slavery and sexual slavery are permitted.
- Child brides are more common than you think. Read more.
- Homosexuality is punishable by death.
These are just a few highlights and doesn’t even get into Honor Killings. For a comprehensive look at sharia and listing, read Islamic Sharia Law In Brief and/or James M. Arlandson: Thirty Shariah Laws That Are Bad For All Societies
This isn’t Islamophobia driving the legislation to ban foreign law. It is recognizing the disturbing patterns in other countries that have been going on for decades and that have now begun manifesting here in the United States. Heck, it’s not even being hidden that Sharia is the ultimate goal of Muslim immigrants and refugees flocking to countries all over Europe. Take a closer look at Great Britain, which has displayed some very stark examples lately:
- London’s ‘Muslim Patrol’ aims to impose Sharia law in East London (video)
- Extremist ‘Muslim Patrol’ attempting to enforce Sharia law in East London is condemned by England’s imams
- Stacy Dooley: Is Muslim Extremism taking over the UK? (video) Be sure to note the signs behind her as she walks with the protesters.
But this is in the UK. It can’t possibly happen in the United States. Wrong. Go wander around Dearborn, Michigan with a crucifix and Bible. See what happens.
Related Reading and Viewing:
Video: Videos on Islamic Violence against women (graphic content warning)
Imam Faisal Rauf tells us that the United States Constitution and Sharia are the same; The US is a Sharia compliant state (video) By the way, he spoke right here in Chapel Hill two years ago.
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