GOP Law Makers in Florida Jumped to Protect the State from Sharia Law-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
Reports have surfaced on the Web that Republican lawmakers in Florida introduced legislation that would prevent Sharia law from being considered by judges in the state.
This eRumor is true.
An “anti-Sharia bill” sponsored by Florida State Sen. Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) was advanced by the State Senate on April 28, 2014.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the bill would restrict the state’s judges from considering foreign law in cases that involve divorce, alimony, child support and custody.
If signed into law, the bill would also prevent an order from a foreign court from being enforced if it “offends the public policy of the state.”
State Rep. Neil Combee (R-Polk City) introduced a companion bill in the Florida House of Representatives. That measure had not been brought to the floor for a vote as of May 2, 2014.
“Sharia” is an Arabic word for “the right path,” and refers to traditional Islamic law as outlined in the Koran. It’s considered sacred by Muslims, according to the Constitutional Rights Foundation.
Florida wouldn’t be the first state white anti-Shari laws on the books. Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and North Carolina have all enacted such laws, according to the Religion News Service.
Florida Ignores Real Threats Without Medicaid To Focus On Imaginary Threats Of Sharia
Who Votes For This Guy?
Florida Republicans are not only throwing billions of your taxpayer dollars away by not expanding Medicaid for the second year in a row, but they’re throwing away even more by trying to pass legislation that would ban something that doesn’t exist, nor poses any threat, for the third year in a row:
Sen. Alan Hays (R-Paranoia) is once again looking over his shoulder for imaginary individuals who want to impose foreign law or…..something.
Back in 2012, Hays chose Muslim Day in the capitol to make his move. It later failed. Last year,comparing it to something to be vaccinated against, Hays once again put Florida on notice for what critics called a “phantom menace.” And once again, it failed.
Now, perhaps thinking the third time will be the charm, Hays is back again, warning of the dangers of this still nonexistent problem:
A controversial measure dubbed an “anti-Sharia bill” advanced out of the Florida Senate on a 24-14 vote Monday.
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, touted SB 286 as “an American bill.”
It would restrict judges from considering foreign law in matters of divorce, alimony, child support and custody.
Under the language of the bill, an order of a foreign court would not be enforceable if it “offends the public policy of the state.”
“There is no record of Sharia law being implemented in the courts of Florida or any other state,” Sen. Eleanor Sobel, a Hollywood Democrat said, in opposition.
Ah, but records and reality aside, any offense to Hays’ imagination must be dealt with, regardless of all the other important issues the legislature should be dealing with, like Medicaid expansion, water pollution and other things that pose a real threat to Floridians.
Nope. Republicans would rather waste time and money running out the clock on imaginary threats and this guy’s salary.