Monday, March 05, 2012

Bogus Sharia Law Bill

The Florida Senate hasn't passed a jobs bill. (Corporate tax cuts are not a jobs bill.) The Senate did find the time to get a bill banning the use of Sharia law from being used in Florida.

A measure aimed at banning the use in Florida of Sharia, a code of law based on the Koran and the teachings of Mohammed, is on its way to the Senate floor after a procedural maneuver removing it from its last committee reference.

The Senate Justice Committee spent an entire three minutes debating the bill. If the committee took its job seriously they would have asked if any judges have sentenced women to be stoned or wear burkas. The obvious answer is no. Republicans are just pandering to the most racist parts of their base.

From a legal point of view, I support having Sharia law not being force fed down my throat. As an issue of seperation of church and state, I would be more than happy if all forms of religion are banned from receiving money and schools. Republicans aren't doing this because they respect the seperation of church and state. They want to see that Christian institutions keep getting school charter money.

What I do not respect is Republicans targeting a group of people and their faith because fearmongering is easier than actually trying to govern. This law will likely get passed. Someone will eventually get arrested under the law. Federal courts will repeal the law. The end result is Florida being the mocked nationally. Well done, Florida legislature.

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