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Leave it to one of the most fiscally liberal “Republicans” in the S.C. Senate to get the state’s political debate even further off-track …

A week after the S.C. General Assembly debated a partisan voter ID bill as well as legislation that would loosen restrictions on church raffles (huh?), Sen. Mike Fair (RINO-Greenville) has introduced a bill that would “prevent a court or other enforcement authority from enforcing foreign law in this state.”

Because that’s a real problem in South Carolina … not.

Fair’s bill is the latest manifestation of the so-called “Sharia Law Ban” movement, which presumes that radical jihadists are seeking to supplant American law with Islamic law.

Obviously that isn’t happening … which makes this yet another example of South Carolina RINOs offering up imaginary bogeymen in an effort to prevent you from focusing on their abysmal fiscal records.

In fact Fair – one of twelve “Republicans” in the S.C. Senate to earn an ‘F’ on the S.C. Club for Growth’s fiscal report cards – is taking his cues from another RINO, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

“We should have a federal law that says sharia law cannot be recognized by any court in the United States,” Gingrich told a recent gathering of social conservatives. “No judge will remain in office that tried to use sharia law.”

Look … we hate radical jihadists as much as the next red-blooded American. In fact, we’re all about blowing these people off of the face of the earth with all sorts of extreme prejudice. Having said that, we’re not looking to manufacture evidence against them … a la George Bush and Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction.”

Bottom line? With a massive budget shortfall, an anti-competitive tax climate, a totally dysfunctional form of government and the worst public schools in America … South Carolina has enough problems to deal with.

Our state cannot afford to go chasing imaginary bogeymen just because a RINO like Mike Fair needs to chase votes in the socially conservative Upstate.

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