All over the country state lawmakers are introducing legislation that prohibits the use of foreign law A/K/A Sharia law in our courts. Florida lawmakers Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, and Rep. Larry Metz, R-Eustis revived last year’s attempt to pass similar legislation. This year’s version ( HB 1209, SB 1360) is narrowed and seems to only apply to family courts regarding marriage and custody cases. At first glance these bills seem harmless; however when research is done to discover the motive behind these bills, a much more insidious reason is revealed.
David Yerushalmi, the President of the Society of Americans for National Existence, has authored similar bills that have been introduced throughout the country. To understand his perspective we don’t need to look further than his own words. "On the so-called Global War on Terrorism, GWOT, we have been quite clear along with a few other resolute souls. This should be a WAR AGAINST ISLAM and all Muslim faithful. … At a practical level, this means that Shari'a and Islamic law are immediately outlawed. Any Muslim in America who adopts historical and traditional Shari'a will be subject to deportation. Mosques which adhere to Islamic law will be shut down permanently. No self-described or practicing Muslim, irrespective of his or her declarations to the contrary, will be allowed to immigrate to this country."
— A 2007 commentary entitled "War Manifesto — The War against Islam," as reported by The American Muslim
So, how is legislation drafted by Yerushalmi making it to our lawmakers here in Florida? I personally called Sen. Alan Hays’s office last year to ask him this question. I was ignored and received no answers from him or his personnel. I also called his office this year along with Rep. Larry Metz who introduced the House version of this legislation. Again, no answer from either lawmaker. These bills are now in committee at our capitol in Tallahassee.
I reached out to committee members to get a feel for the support or opposition for these bills. It seems that there is bi-partisan support and the bill will make it further than last year’s version. I asked the offices of our law makers to explain why they supported this bill. The ones who supported it expressed their concerns with women’s rights in foreign lands, and basically didn’t want our courts to use those laws. I then asked for any examples they had in specific context of the bill currently in committee. They could not give me one example where Florida Family courts used “Foreign Law” instead of State law to make decisions.
Why are our taxes being spent on legislation that fixes a problem that simply doesn’t exist? The answer lies at the root of our problem as a nation. The unknown is easily exploited and used to shape public opinion. These lawmakers are creating a boogeyman, “Foreign Law” A/K/A “Sharia Law”, and offering a solution for their constituents. Basically they are commodifying the fear of Americans.
It‘s ironic, the supporters of similar legislation around the country say they are doing this to stop the infiltration of foreign law into our court systems. But who is infiltrating who? Not one group has introduced any “Foreign Law” to any lawmaker. The facts on the ground are just the opposite, the anti-Islam propagandist are the ones infiltrating our government.
While this legislation is clearly aimed at Islam, it will affect followers of all religions and restrict the ability for them to practice their faith in regards to marriage contracts, divorces, and child custody. State and Federal Law already trump Foreign Law. Passing another law to restate this is ridiculous and a waste of time.
The lawmakers would serve their constituents better by focusing on the real problems on the ground in Florida. Unemployment, education, crime, health care, foreclosures, support of State and Local Law Enforcement agencies, small business growth and the protection of our environment to name a few.