Three months ago Arkansas’ House Judiciary committee approved a bill that would essentially outlaw Shariah law by declaring “American laws for American courts.”
Dubbed HB1041, the bill would void any court rulings based “in whole or in part on any foreign law, legal code, or system that does not grant the parties affected by the ruling or decision” basic constitutional rights such as due access, equal protection, freedom of speech, etc.
It was filed last December by state Rep. Brandt Smith with Shariah law in mind, though he specifically avoided mentioning Shariah in the bill “so it’s all inclusive,” he told Arkansas News.
The introduction of this contentious bill later led to a heated debate about its merits that can be seen here:
According to the Arkansas Times, opponents argued that “the bill would affect ID cards issued by consulates to foreign nationals,” “create headaches for international business transactions in the state” and target Muslims.
In defense of his bill, Smith reportedly maintained that the law would protect new immigrants by ensuring that “when they set foot on American soil, they literally will be protected by the same rights and privileges that protect you and me.”
Truth be told, the bill was neither anti-Muslim nor anti-immigrant; it was pro-American, though in this politically correct day and age such a mentality is often viewed as a faux pas.
But the Arkansas representative was right to argue that new immigrants needed this protection more than ever. Just consider the hundreds of thousands of American Muslim girls who have been forced to undergo female genital mutilation.
“The imported practice of genital mutilation can segregate hundreds of thousands of American girls from their peers in mainstream American society, say two New York psychologists,” Breitbart reported last month.
Regardless, the bill passed the state House and Senate, though it was not immediately clear whether Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson would sign it.
It was known, though, that Hutchinson criticized the bill in early February, saying, “I’m searching for a reason for that legislation. I’ve been in courts, I’ve litigated all over the country and here in Arkansas, and I just have not identified that as a problem.”
Perhaps he needs to read that Breitbart article.
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