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Anti-Sharia law measure headed to Senate floor

by Dara Kam | March 5th, 2012

A measure that aims at banning the use in Florida of Sharia, a code of law based on the Koran and the teachings of Mohammed, is on its way to the Senate floor after a procedural maneuver removing it from its last committee of reference.

Critics, including the Anti-Defamation League, say the measure, already approved by the Florida House, would also keep Jewish couples from using Jewish Bet Din tribunals to get a divorce, something their faith requires for remarriage.

A Senate Criminal Justice Committee last week signed off on the measure (SB 1360) with less than three minutes of debate. The Senate committee vote coincided with the fourth Muslim Annual Capitol Day on Tuesday.

Ahmed Bedier, the rally’s organizer, blasted lawmakers for reviving the measure, first offered last year.

“We’re not the people who are un-American,” Bedier said last week. “They are, for violating the Constitution and introducing legislation that limits religious freedom.”

The Anti-Defamation League asked lawmakers to reject the proposal, saying it is unnecessary because both the state and U.S. constitutions already prohibit the use of foreign or religious law in the courts. And the ADL contends it is based on legislation proposed by anti-Islamic leaders outside Florida.

The Senate could vote on the measure as early as Wednesday.

- The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

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9 Responses to “Anti-Sharia law measure headed to Senate floor”

  1. vox populi Says:

    What ignorant hypocrites.
    When cry’s of religious freedom are used as a tool to restrict women’s health care access, that apparently is acceptable.
    I’m glad we have a Constitution,but it is only the “Right” religion that our legislators allow to be protected.
    So much for religious freedom.

  2. howie Says:

    so it will be illegal to murder your daughter if she commits adultery and stone homosexuals to death for being perverts? we are losing our religious freedom.

  3. Kathy Davis Says:

    The bible is foreign. It certainly wasn’t written in DC! Just because some choose to live their personal lives according to it, doesn’t mean the rest of us have to.

    Shall we start by getting rid of publicly funded Christmas lights?

  4. ozmo Says:

    No difference from the religious fanatics in Muslim countries than those right wing politicians who still believe in the unseen fairy in the sky.

  5. CALL THEM OUT Says:

    Don’t just post here.

    CALL YOUR REP & SEN:

    http://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

  6. howie Says:

    Religious Christians don’t kill their daughters for commiting adultery or hijack planes and run them into office buildings awaiting an award of doing 70 virginsin heaven..or stone homosexuals..they just don;t want to sleep with them,

  7. Downtown Danny Says:

    Is this the Republican “Jobs” bill?

  8. howie Says:

    Republican jobs bill should be kill all government regulations, taxes and giveaways so corporations don’t have to go overseas in countries that found out that capitalosm not communism works best…

  9. FL_Independent Says:

    Mr. Bedier,
    Point taken. Nobody wants to see their religious freedoms taken away. However, our constitution guarantees just that. Freedom to practice your religion and believe what you believe. However, the goal of those looking to put elements of Sharia law into our government’s laws kind of goes beyond that. It is making all of us follow standards that are based upon your religion. Yes, just like the Christians (for all of your Atheist know-it-alls out there who were going to try to show the distinction). But your religious freedoms are guaranteed in this country. We don’t want to dilute Islam. Simply not have it on our books as the law of the land.

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