Report: Crackdowns on Sharia Discriminatory, Misguided

, The National Law Journal

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The rising tide of legislation designed to bar judges from considering foreign and international laws could lead to constitutional challenges involving the separation of powers, the supremacy clause and civil rights violations against Muslims, according to a report released on Wednesday.

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  • Pancho

    These laws have all been passed as solutions in search of a problem.

    They've been inspired by fundamentalist grandstanding that is of such currency in the backward states that are mentioned in the article.

    In Louisiana, Piyush Jindal has catered to the American Taliban and David H. and Charles de Ganahl Koch who have both labored to destroy the K-12 school system. The anti-tax Kochs would prefer no publicly support schools at all. The American Taliban favor vouchered charter anti-integrationist madrassas that preach that slavery wasn't such a bad thing, the KKK was a reputable social welfare organization and that the earth is less than 7,000 years old. Some of the latter have gotten their curricula directly from the historical revisionists at Bob Jones University.

    It's particularly ironic in Louisiana, since one would assume that the statutes passed in states such as Kansas, Tennessee and Oklahoma could be used to delegitimize decisions made under Louisiana law which draw upon the "foreign" Napoleonic code and Spanish jurisprudence.

    In Arizona, I wonder if the law negatively affects the decisions made by the numerous courts of such tribes as the Navajo, Apache, Hopi and Tohono o' Odham?

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