North Carolina became the seventh state to prohibit its judges from considering Islamic law after Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, allowed the bill to become law without formally signing it. The bill became law on Sunday, August 25th.
Religion News The state joins Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Tennessee. The North Carolina ban is limited to family law; bans in other states are broader, applying to commercial law, contract law and other types of laws.
Supporters hailed the bill as an important safeguard that protects the American legal system from foreign laws that are incompatible with the U.S. Constitution, while critics argued that the bill’s only purpose is to whip-up anti Muslim hatred because the Constitution already overrides foreign laws.
“The intent behind this law is bigoted and it is intended to alienate the Muslim community,” said Jibril Hough, a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte.