North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is facing a tough decision – whether to veto a bill that prohibiting judges from considering foreign law, including Islamic Shariah law.
While family groups support the measure, North Carolina Muslims hope they can persuade the Republican governor to veto the bill, according to The State.com.
Muslims oppose the effort because they think it is motivated by intolerance and say it could infringe on other religious groups. .
But others say measures banning the use of “foreign laws” are targeting Shariah law, not other religions.
“No one has a problem with Muslims or anyone else living peaceably in America,” the Rev. Mark Creech, said in an article published on the Christian Action League website. “But on U.S. soil, we must all embrace the freedoms and responsibilities assigned us via the Constitution, and not demand enforcement of rules and regulations left behind in other cultures.”
While some argue that the law is not necessary, the Christian Action League explained its benefits this way:
There have been more than 50 cases in 23 states in which judges have applied foreign law, depriving people of their constitutional rights. Often women and children wind up the victims when Sharia law is applied. Under the law based on the Quran and the Sunna, the teachings and writings of Mohammed, there is no age requirement for a girl to marry, and acts of adultery or prostitution can lead to sentences of death. Many Sharia law problems in the United States involve cases of women being beaten by their Muslim husbands and judges ruling that because the men were not accustomed to U.S. laws against spousal abuse, they cannot be convicted.
CAIR sent out a national “action alert” urging Muslims to call and email McCrory to ask him to veto the bill. Defending Shariah law from U.S. restrictions is one of CAIR’s top agenda items, according to its March 2012 statement announcing a “community toolkit to challenge ‘Anti-Sharia’ bills.”
The email CAIR recommended sending to the governor says in part:
This “foreign law” bill is a thinly-veiled attack on the state’s Muslim population, that only serves to marginalize Muslims and to deny them equal rights and equal access to the courts enjoyed by other religious groups.
“It’s a 50-50 shot,” Corey Saylor, a Washington, D.C.-based CAIR spokesman, told The State. “I’m hopeful that reason will prevail over bigotry and ignorance.”
If McCrory signs the bill, North Carolina would become the seventh state to have an anti-Shariah law, according to The State, joining Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Alabama lawmakers approved a similar constitutional amendment, which will be on the ballot for voters to consider in 2014.
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