South Carolina introduces bill to protect citizens from “application of foreign law”

Another state gets hip to the threat of “international” and “foreign” law within the United States of America. From Human Events h/t Jihad Watch

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A legislative initiative aimed at preventing “a court or other enforcement authority” from enforcing foreign law in the Palmetto State was introduced today in both the S.C. House and Senate by Rep. Wendy Nanney (who drafted the bill) and Sen. Mike Fair respectively, who say the bill will preempt violations of a person’s constitutional rights resulting from the application of foreign law.

Legislators and other proponents of the bill say America has unique values of liberty which do not exist in foreign legal systems. Yet foreign laws are increasingly finding their way into U.S. court cases, particularly in the area of family law, involving divorce and child custody where, for instance, Islamic Shariah Law has been invoked in several U.S. states.

According to Christopher Holton with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy (CSP), “There are numerous examples in dozens of states in which parties to such a dispute attempted to invoke Shariah.”

David Yersushalmi, general counsel to the CSP, argues it’s not just “patently bad foreign laws [creeping into our court systems],” it’s that once in the system, the state’s police power would be used to “enforce laws that could never pass federal or state constitutional muster.”

Fair agrees, which is why he introduced the bill in the Senate.

“S.C., like other states, recognizes the need to assert the fact that our state and U.S. constitutions are the basis for civil law in our country,” says Fair. “Some locales have been threatened by the encroachment of foreign law into local, state and or federal law despite obvious violations of our constitutions. A growing concern is the immigration of people who are accustomed to their religion and their civil laws being inextricably connected. For those newcomers to our state, this bill will be helpful to them as they are assimilated into our culture maintaining complete freedom to worship as they please.”

Nanney, who introduced the bill in the House with 20 sponsors and co-sponsors, says that “in speaking with several family court judges, I’ve learned that foreign law has been invoked here in S.C.” She adds, that foreign law includes not just foreign religious law, but foreign secular law from various countries.

Problem is few South Carolinians – or Americans for that matter – are aware of this, until now.

Similar bills were successfully supported last year in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Read the bill here.

More from the US Report, South Carolina anti-foreign law bill justified by court cases.

20 Responses

  1. Any JUDGE no mater how high up in the chain is who uses any part of a FOREIGN law to JUDICATE a prosicution should be REMOVED FROM THE BENCH, PERIOD. WE are the U S of A not the U S of THE WORLD. LOCK and LOAD.

  2. The US Constitution is the law of the land! Equal rights for everyone. No excuses.
    End of story!!

    Who do I have to ask for the Infidel Task Force to be posted on Creeping Shariah blog roll?

  3. Thank God for a few people with a 1/2 a brain.

    These muzzie scum need to be stopped cold from trying to bring that garbage hate culture here. If they can’t assimilate, run their asses out ASAP!!

  4. I posted this to Facebook the better to spread the word.Americans have no idea how insidious this demented practice has become.

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  6. This is a sensible clarification whose time has come. How can we introduce this in PA?

    • You contact your state reps and ask them how they stand on this matter. If they play stupid….ask them where you can send hard copy information. Web sites such as this and our Infidel Task Force has plenty of information at your disposal.

      • also – Bill Warner has a great book called “Shariah Law for Non Muslims” and it is very short. You can get a copy of it at Center for the Study of Political Islam.com and give one to your legislator. Get involved with your local ACT for America chapter. They are working on this in a LOT of states.

    • Contact Kelly Cook of ACT for America who is working very closely with Chris Holton. They may already have something in the works for PA. We’re working on this in WA state. The language from David’s office is GREAT… the Oklahoma language targeted Shariah law specifically and that is why it was struck down.

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  8. I wonder if CAIR is going to sue the state of S. Carolina over this Bill.

    • Yes, CAIR is aware of us doing this and they consider it a backdoor approach to targeting shariah – but as long as we don’t SAY shariah, it can be applied to any foreign/theocratic law that conflicts with our state constitutions. The great thing is that with this language, it DOES pass constitutional muster! Poor CAIR! hee hee (Crybabies of American Islamic Relations)

    • If they did, they wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) get too far: who would even have standing to sue?

  9. I only wish other states were PAYING ATTENTION!

    Piglam is a cult and they want to TAKE OVER THE WORLD they will tell us to our faces and our LEADERS are not listening!

  10. ONE LAW FOR ALL!! Dammit!! (Where’s my gun?!!)
    If our judges are invoking Shariah Law, they need to read their job descriptions. Or they need to be impeached. Or both.

  11. Federal law supersedes state law. State law cannot conflict with the U.S. Constitution or Bill of Rights. State Constitutions cannot conflict with the U.S. Constitution. The global jihad might be trying to change U.S. society to accept Islamic principles and to make case law Sharia-friendly, (enforcing Sharia through private contracts and case decisions) but as long as the U.S. Constitution stands they can’t make Sharia the law of the land.

    Courts (federal as well as state courts) are a check and balance on the Legislatures (federal and state) and can rule laws enacted to be unconstitutional (federal and state). Legislatures are a check and balance on the courts (federal and state), making laws that can basically nullify or modify court decisions that conflict with Constitutional principles. That is how our Representatives can enforce the Constitution. We have every right to ask them to.

    • Mary.
      I am a Canadian. I love the U.S.A.
      Who in their right mind would want ANY sharia law ANYWHERE? Federal, state, local, anywhere.
      It is a law based on mental illness. Sharia is as crazy as National Socialism became in the 1930,s.
      You state: “That is how our representatives can enforce the Constitution. We have every right to ask them to.”
      That should read, with all due respect, “We have every right to DEMAND that they do.”

    • Federal law does supersede state law. I agree the laws of this land should should be protected. The U.S. Constitution was put together by some brilliant men. Since then, lawmakers have maneuvered around, to make it work for them as opposed to the citizens of this country. The checks and balances for the courts and the legislatures have been compromised over the years and this may be one area that is becoming an issue. A systemic failure in the state system in the State of Mississippi while under a federal disaster proclamation is a perfect example of federal law superseding state law. http://www.deguyz.webs.com explains in effect, what and how it happened and who paid the ultimate price as a result. Checks and balances were in place but did not function as designed. A federal appeal serves as the checks and balance when errors are made, Be them intentional or unintentional. To ignore that federal appeal which was to serve as the intervention is the breakdown. It has to be corrected.

      • Good post guyz:
        yes by law states have the right to legislate any and all laws not expressly granted to Federal- of course this is not the reality- Obama the supposed law expert is the MASTER of trampling states rights as we have seen in Arizona and Oklahoma- the law is called NULLIFICATION- Obama has also shifted the Supreme Court way LEFT as possible and it was the Supremes under liberal majority that mis-interpreted the commerce clause that has brought all this abuse of FEDERAL POWER.
        Americans need to unite and take our country back as was legally mandated by the founders.
        Obama is not solely to blame, it goes back to LINCLON – the reason we fought the Civil War was not (solely) abolition! it was states rights- We need leaders who will STOP Tjis abuse of Federal powers never granted by the founding documents

  12. I believe that this is a very important step that all states need to take

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