Bans on court use of sharia/international law: active in GA, FL, MO only; dead in MS

The latest efforts to ban state court use of international or foreign law, often cited in the context of banning the use of sharia law by state courts, appear to be failing. The vast majority of such bills are not even getting committee hearings. A case in point is Mississippi’s HB 44: the bill had been approved by the full House 116-2 in February, but failed to get out of the Senate Judiciary A committee before the March 4 legislative deadline for committee passage.

Effectively only 3 states have active efforts to enact such bans

List of bills below the fold

Bill
Does not affect right to contract freely/contract provisions
Does not apply to corporations
Does not apply to tribal court decisions
Does not apply to ecclesiastical matters/religious orgs
Other items
Status
X
X
X
X
Limited to Family law (Chapter 61 & 88 Florida Statutes) Does not apply to use of English common law.
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
X
X
Limited to Family law (Chapter 61 & 88 Florida Statutes) Does not apply to use of English common law.
In Senate Judiciary Committee.
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
In Senate Judiciary Committee.
X
X
X
X
Carry over from 2013.
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
X
Died in Senate Judiciary A Committee.
X
X
X
Died in House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
X
Died in House Judiciary Committee.
X
X
X
Died in Senate Judiciary Committee.
X
X
Specifically does not apply to child adoptions.
In Senate Judiciary Committee.
X
Specifically bans sharia law
In House Judiciary Committee.
X
Carry over from 2013.
X
Carry over from 2013.
X
X
X
In Senate Judiciary Committee.
X
X
Carry over from 2013.
X
X
In Senate Law & Justice Committee.
X
X
In House Judiciary Committee.

8 thoughts on “Bans on court use of sharia/international law: active in GA, FL, MO only; dead in MS”

  1. Allowing a religious law to control our country is an insult to every American in this country. If they want Islamic law, they should stay in the Middle East where Shari Law is not working and that is why they are leaving the country. Muslims want what White Christians have built and they hate white Christians.

  2. M&M, and others: No one is trying to allow religious law to control our country. Most of us are Americans and never lived in any other country. btw, Islamic law or the system is NOT in place anywhere in the world. They have parts of it – that’s why it’s not working. Remove parts and you’ve ruined it. Also, we don’t hate Christians or white (or black) people. LOL Many of us are former Christians. QUESTION: did you know that sharia forbids us to overthrow a government? So what’s the worry?

  3. M&M, tell me where you got all your info and why you think it’s true, and then I’ll tell you to walk into the parking lot of the nearest mosque and you’ll see how much of a difference both in numbers and mentality there is between real Muslims and radical self-proclaimed Muslims. HINT: Decent Muslims outnumber the radicals by way more than a BILLION. So teach yourself a few beginning words in a couple languages and go say hello to some people.
    First, sharia law doesn’t apply to non-Muslims who aren’t willfully with the program.
    Second, the United States was built by everybody and for everybody, not just white Christians.

  4. lenxu why don’t you go live in the middle east . and obey sharia law there not here. no foreign laws should be allowed in AMERICA what so ever. just because they come here does not mean they bring there laws with them they should stay in their own country’s if they want to live by these laws. and they do hate CHRISTIANS other wise they wouldn’t be killing them in all these other country’s and more than likely it will happen here before it is over with. so get a life out of islam.

  5. Atheist of Catholic and Jewish background here, no dog in the fight, but have to speak up here to educate M&M and Betty and their apparent ignorance. Laws like these are red herrings designed to stir up Islamophobia and hatred against anyone who is Arab and/or Muslim.

    As right-wing as it tends to be at times, the U.S. is a pluralistic democracy guaranteeing religious freedom in the Constitution, and I think you’d find a minority of Americans who’d favor even a Christian theocracy with New Testament law (despite the cries from the dwindling Fundamentalist minority that would have it otherwise). No matter what our political/religious bent, people in the U.S. generally want to live and let live and couldn’t give a rat’s behind about the loudmouths in Congress and the media who try to drum up so much hate.

    The best way to combat the haters is to live your life respecting people of faiths that are not always YOURS (including if they have no faith at all), and to raise voices of reason to combat people like Rep. Steve King and the odious state legislators in FL, GA, and other states who wish to put gas on the fire of hatred–so that we may drown them out with tolerance and reason (for a change!).

    Live and let live, love and let love, pray (or not) and let pray.

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