SHARIA LAW BILL ROILS WASHINGTON, D.C.-BASED GROUP …
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on the S.C. General Assembly to do away with a so-called “unconstitutional, anti-Islam” piece of legislation aimed at preventing Muslim defendants from attempting to invoke sharia law.
“Even the bill’s sponsors admit that there are no known cases of attorneys in South Carolina attempting to use international law or sharia law in that state’s courts,” a release from the group stated.
The group added that the legislation was “a coordinated campaign to demonize Islam and to marginalize American Muslims.”
The South Carolina bill – H. 3521 – is sponsored by outgoing S.C. Rep. Chip Limehouse. It passed the S.C. House by a 68-42 margin this week and is now headed to the State Senate.
Beating it there? A letter from CAIR to S.C. Senate “majority” leader Harvey Peeler informing him the House bill “is very similar to the Oklahoma anti-Sharia constitutional amendment that was struck down as a violation of the Establishment Clause in a federal court challenge brought by CAIR.”
In other words … taxpayers should probably get ready for a costly lawsuit over a totally meaningless piece of legislation.
We don’t support Limehouse’s bill. As we’ve written previously, we believe the menace of “sharia law” to be a manufactured issue – one which takes people’s eyes off of far more pressing concerns.
Does this mean we are Muslim sympathizers? Hell no … no media outlet in South Carolina has taken a more aggressive stance against the controversial refugee resettlements that are currently bringing Muslim immigrants into the Palmetto State. And we’ve made it abundantly clear that radical jihadists who are plotting attacks against this nation need to be dealt with swiftly and savagely.
Those are real positions – on real issues.
Sharia law? It’s another example of politicians trying to look tough on something while doing nothing.