HB 2029 which would ban the application of sharia law, has not moved for six months since terror-linked CAIR Philadelphia opposed it.
If there is any state legislature in America that should understand the need to spell out to judges that Sharia law should not be given any weight in their courts it is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The state’s judiciary came under national criticism in February 2012 when Pennsylvania Judge Mark Martin ruled that it was ok for a Muslim immigrant to allegedly chokehold an American citizen because the Muslim was allegedly unaware that Sharia law did not apply in Pennsylvania. Judge Martin essentially injected Sharia law as a defense.
HB 2029 entitled Amending Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, prohibiting the application of foreign law which would impair constitutional rights was introduced to the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on November 18, 2011.
The following forty three (43) Pennsylvania Representatives introduced HB 2029: Representative Swanger, Metcalfe, Perry, Baker, Benninghoff, Clymer, Cox, Creighton, Cutler, Denlinger, Dunbar, J. Evans, Gabler, Geist, Gingrich, Grove, Helm, Hennessy, Kauffman, F. Keller, Knowles, Maher, Metzgar, Millard, Miller, Moul, Murt, Mustio, Oberlander, Peifer, Pyle, Rapp, Roae, Saccone, Saylor, Schroder, Stern, Tallman, Toepel, Toohil, Truitt, Vereb and Youngblood.
The bill was referred to the House Judiciary committee on November 18, 2011, the same day it was introduced, where it has sat unmoved for six months.
CAIR Philadelphia (Council on American Islamic Relations) opposition to HB 2029 may explain why the bill has not moved. It appears CAIR Philadelphia was instrumental in influencing the Philadelphia City Council and Pittsburgh City Council to adopt resolutions aimed at opposing HB 2029.
Both resolutions use hyped up rhetoric to inflame emotions and fail to recognize what HB 2029 actually achieves.
HB 2029 mirrors the American Public Policy Alliance legislation titled American Laws for America Courts and is supported by the Center for Security Policy.
Florida Family Association has prepared an email for you to send urging the twenty-five members on the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee to support and move HB 2029 prohibiting the application of foreign law which would impair constitutional rights.
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