RALEIGH — A group of Republican legislators is backing a measure that would make it illegal for judges to consider “foreign law” when making rulings in North Carolina’s courts.
Though the federal and state constitutions already guarantee the supremacy of U.S. law in domestic cases, primary sponsor Rep. George Cleveland said he is concerned that Shariah law could gain a foothold in American communities with sizable Muslim populations.
House Bill 640 makes no mention of the Islamic legal code. But Cleveland said Shariah would be defined as a “foreign law” under his bill, and therefore banned from North Carolina’s courtrooms if the legislation he proposes is approved.
“It’s to ensure that any individual in this state does not have to worry about being taken advantage of by foreign laws,” said Cleveland, a retired Marine who lives in Jacksonville. “It’s barring any international law. If Shariah law tries to be enforced in the state, yeah, it would do it.”
Critics of the bill said that the broadly worded legislation could have unintended consequences, such as impeding international businesses or invalidating overseas marriages or adoptions.
Rep. Joe Hackney, the House Democratic leader, said Republicans are wasting time attacking an issue that doesn’t exist.
“I think it’s a solution in search of a problem,” said Hackney, a lawyer from Chapel Hill. The bill moved through a judiciary committee last week over the objections of Democrats, taking it a step closer to a vote on the floor of the Republican-controlled House.
Ignorance is bliss. Bury head in sand and pretend it doesn’t exist, here or elsewhere. Dearborn officials didn’t have a problem pre-emptively restricting the Constitutional rights of Terry Jones over an issue that didn’t yet exist, but materialized yesterday.
The News & Observer is blatantly pro-sharia as this piece read in its entirety demonstrates and as we’ve posted before when they flushed content down the memory hole after we brought to light that state senator Larry Shaw was mentoring a former bin-Laden linked recruit to the Afghan jihad. Shaw went on to simultaneously serve as a state senator and chairman of terror-linked CAIR. The Muslim woman he mentored later became the spokeswoman for a convicted North Carolina jihadi as well as director of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Muslim American Society’s Raleigh chapter.
Sharia has been creeping in North Carolina for a long time for those who are watching:
- CAIR’s Muslim Senator files bill for Islamic food certification in NC
- NC: President of Islamic political action committee arrested for selling goods to terror-state Libya
- FBI reportedly investigates N.C. Muslim over al Qaeda mag (then let him out of the country)
- North Carolina imam was preaching jihad in the 90′s
- State senator, and CAIR chairman, misses votes for Islamic faith
- North Carolina aquatic center says yes to sharia law – makes public pool private for Muslim women
- NC lone jihadi pleads guilty
- North Carolina tv Blocks anti-Obama Ad
Much more in the archives.