Is the proposed Alabama amendment banning ‘foreign law’ really an effort to harass Muslims?
(No, its an effort to protect Americans from sharia, the world’s most barbaric system of Islamic law)
AL.com Is history repeating itself? Late in the evening of May 20, the Alabama legislature gave final approval to legislation calling for a constitutional amendment banning the use of “foreign law” in state courts. It will be on the ballot next year.
However, there is no need for this constitutional amendment. The U.S. Constitution already states that U.S. law takes precedence over any foreign law, including the unspoken target of this amendment, Shariah or Islamic law. (Yet there have been more than 50 cases involving Muslims where justices ruled based on sharia law)
After I learned about this act of the Alabama Legislature, I thought back to March 25, 1965 when as a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, I took my place among the more than 25,000 people who stood in front of the Alabama State House to listen to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., advocate for the Voting Rights Bill of 1965. We had been joined by 8,000 people who had marched from Selma for the right to vote.
While the 15th Amendment was passed in 1870 to give Americans the right to vote regardless of race, African Americans were still driven from the ballot box for years through various means such as literacy tests. (We should bring it back) The Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits discriminatory voting practices on the basis of race, was passed a few months later and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson.
Is history repeating itself? (NO! Muslim citizens have the right to vote, they just don’t have the right to use Islamic law in American courts)
The latest ‘foreign law’ ban we are seeing in Alabama is part of an effort by a Brooklyn-based policy institute to pass laws across the country prohibiting the use of Shariah or foreign laws. In 2010, Oklahoma passed a similar law, but it was found unconstitutional by the Oklahoma Supreme Court because it singled out one faith for unequal treatment. (And now it has just been passed by the Oklahoma legislature and signed into law)
No one wants Shariah to supplant U.S. laws. The American Muslim community certainly does not want it. (Then why do Muslims keep posing legal challenges to any state that tries to ban it?)
So why is this happening? Some people have decided to harass Muslims and are finding ways to discriminate against them. (Maybe you should first ask yourself why Muslims are so hated in the US?) Unless the American public, including the people of Alabama, takes a stand, the injustices of yesterday will unfold again before our eyes. (CRAP. Muslims are treated equally under American law. But that isn’t good enough for people who revile what they call our “man made laws”)
As Dr. King taught us on the steps of the Alabama State House, the danger of succumbing to fear and prejudice is great. We should remember those wise words. (Yes, and the danger of succumbing to Islamic supremacism is even greater)
As long as American Muslims are targeted for discrimination (It is NOT discrimination to want them to follow American law. It is the height of equality) , Dr. King’s call for the recognition of the dignity and worth of all of God’s children will remain a distant goal. (Dr. King didn’t live to see 9/11 but he was very pro-Israel and anti-Israel’s Muslim enemies) This constitutional amendment was not passed with the public interest in mind, but with the intent of spreading fear and distrust toward our fellow citizens. The gravest danger of all is that other states will follow suit and pass similar amendments. (From your mouth to God’s ears. Six states have already passed it)
Instead of sowing prejudice and division, we need to take a united stand and say no to this fear mongering. (It isn’t fearmongering to be afraid of people whose Islamic laws allow for limb amputation, beheadings, hanging of homosexuals, honor killings, etc.) The sovereignty of the U.S. judicial system will not be undermined by imaginary support for Shariah law, but there is a risk that it will be undermined by legislation that discriminates. The unity and equality among all Americans that was sought in March 1965 will only be achieved if Alabama votes down this divisive amendment passed in the midnight hour. (You disgrace the title of Reverend)
Rev. Richard Killmer, a Presbyterian minister, is the Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and the co-chair, Executive Committee, Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Standing with American Muslims; Upholding American Values.