Last week the group ACT for America held anti-Sharia protests in a nationwide “March Against Sharia” in over 20 cities in what was estimated to be America’s largest protest against Islam ever (though it was solely a protest against Islamic law).There were plenty of counter demonstrations too, some held by “Antifa” and other far-left groups who apparently think that sticking up for the religious-right in the Middle East is the progressive thing to do. Perhaps some counter-protesters honestly saw the anti-Sharia protestors as anti-Muslim, but that was never the goal. The march was simply to make the point that Islamic law is incompatible with Western democracy.
If there isn’t a resistance to potential encroachments on the separation of church (or in this case, mosque) and state, the politically correct do-gooders could lead us down the path of allowing Sharia courts to exist and operate, as they do in the UK, Germany, and France. There may be no justified fear of some imminent threat of creeping sharia, though it is disconcerting how liberals will rally behind Sharia enthusiasts like Linda Sarsour.
In the past she’s complained about 22 states enacting laws “preventing Muslims from practicing their religion,” though it’s unclear if realizes such a “prohibition” is better for no one other than her fellow Muslims – especially female Muslims. How does her logic make any sense? God knows – but news from Texas suggests she’s going to have one more state to whine about now.
According to Breitbart, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law House Bill 45, more commonly known as “American Laws for American Courts,” or ALAC. It prohibits the use of any foreign law in the state’s courts, specifically in family cases that involve marriage or parent-child relationship matters.
One of the bill’s co-authors Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano) thanked the governor, who signed HB 45 on Wednesday. Leach called the law “vitally important bill to further safeguard and protect our Constitutional rights!” In the last legislative session, Leach authored the comparable yet unsuccessful ALAC measure, House Bill 562.
“My colleagues and I here at the Texas Legislature want to make sure Texas judges never apply foreign law in Texas courts in violation of constitutional rights and the public policy of our state,” said Flynn.
Under HB 45, Texas and U.S. law supersede all other laws. It prevents state judges from applying any foreign law because, in doing so, it infringes upon U.S. and Texas constitutional rights. The bill shields litigants in family law cases “against violations of constitutional rights and public policy in the application of foreign law” under the U.S. and Texas Constitutions, federal and judicial precedent, the Texas Family Code, and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, among other protections.HB 45 makes no mention of any particular foreign nation, religion, or cultural practice but clarifies that “foreign law” means a rule, law, or code from a jurisdiction outside of the United States and it shall not override U.S and Texas law or their respective constitutions.
While not explicitly an “anti-Sharia” bill, it does have the effect of being one.
What kind of crazy objections will we see to it? No doubt we’ll find out soon.[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. He is a co-author of the new book A Paradoxical Alliance: Islam and the Left, and can be found on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]