Islamophobia in the Great Plains: Kansas Governor Bans Shari'ah Law

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is on the lookout for Shari'ah law.
Does anyone remember Sam Brownback? He was part of the failed bastion of Republicans who ran for President in 2008 (how long ago does that feel?), along with the likes of Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee. Except Brownback didn't even make it to the primaries. 

Instead, he backed down, ran for governor in Kansas in 2010 and successfully rode the Tea Party wave into office. And, yesterday, his crowning legislative achievement finally arrived

In a bill that is confusing everyone outside of Kansas, Brownback has ensured that no government agencies or courts in Kansas will adhere to foreign legal codes, especially the most dangerous, scariest, heretical and anti-American one: Islamic Shari'ah law. Because, like, why not?

You're right, Dorothy, there is absolutely no place like Kansas.
Now, the bill doesn't exclusively mention Islamic Shari'ah law; it just says "foreign legal codes" cannot be used by courts to grant different rights not protected by our Constitution. If it's hard for you to understand that sentence, we can't help you. But that generality is what Brownback is using against critics who say that the bill is completely discriminatory (Islamic groups have been ascertaining reporters that the bill will go to trial).

So what exactly is Shari'ah law? Well, not everyone in the world follows the flawless legal code of the West. In Islamic culture, rights, court procedures and the resulting punishments are written in a different manner, pertaining to the values of the Qu'ran rather than our Judeo-Christian background. In essence, it's simply a different perspective on law and society; one that is much more intertwined with religion and its effects on morality and decency.

We thought that explanation would help us come to some conclusion as to why Brownback would want to ban it in his state.... It didn't. But listen to state senator Susan Wagle, a Republican from good ol' Wichita, take a wack at it: "They stone women to death in countries that have Shari'ah law."

That didn't help either. If anything, Wagle's statement just made us more confused because we're not sure if that's a statement or an argument. How the hell can you draw a line between Taliban-esque punishment that happens somewhere that is not here and a system that pisses people by asking them to attend jury duty? Did something happen in Kansas that demanded an exclusive ban on Islamic law?

Nope, nothing at all. The only logical nexus the Kansas legislators is using involves a court case in Sedgwick County, where a man from Lebanon is citing Islamic code to justify his pre-nup. Somehow, those things really divide people.

But, what's even more wild is that the bill was approved in a landslide: Senate: 33-1; House: 120-0. We haven't seen that kind of legislative hustle since the Patriot Act. Too bad the same can't be done to stifle Kansas's 6.2% unemployment rate.

The Kansas government clinged to this notion that foreign is bad and the sole means of protecting American freedom is to ban all outside influence on our court systems, which is full of people who probably never even knew Muslims had a legal system before hearing "Shari'ah law" repeated a thousand times on Fox News. And, if gatekeepers are screaming at a lousy pre-nup, a state-wide infiltration is light years off.

Shar'iah law is not coming to America anytime soon. Just don't tell the people of Kansas that.

[jsurico15@gmail.com/@JSuricz]

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Billrolling
Billrolling

as crazy as it sounds , it makes sense, a possible scenario: if a person of Islamic faith kills his wife or daughter or niece under Shari ah law it is justified if its considered a honour killing to protect the name of the family , so in tabling this law , a person can't use that as a reason in a Kansas court, the law of the U.S. courts will override any Shari ah argument....good for him 

anallypenetratingobama
anallypenetratingobama

Sharia and islam are filth, and must be covered in ѕhіt and burned to the ground.

Claricepotts
Claricepotts

i am so happy that someone has the foresight to put this law out there...you go, mr brownback !!  i am so damn sick and tired of these idiots who think just because you can come here to this country, does not mean you can come in and take over or bring your mysoginistic laws with you.....good grief, this whole thing about the average american being ''islamaphobic'' is just assinine.... any american ought to be worried about islam and their desire to bring the united states down...

MidnightRaver
MidnightRaver

Sure, the move by the Governor was pure show, but can anyone dispute the fact that Sharia Law is abhorrent? 

Richard
Richard

Arguably, depending on how the law was written, it would forbid the use of Mosaic law as well.  So basing a judicial decision on the Ten Commandments would be right out.

Enraged Baboon
Enraged Baboon

I read a story a couple of years ago about a woman who was walking in a public street in Saudi Arabia, when a car with four men stopped and forced her into it. She was then gang raped by the four men. When the case came to trial, you can be assured that justice was done: the judge sentenced her to six months in prison, and to be whipped multiple times. Her crime was being in the car of an unrelated male. That is Sharia law for you. So I take issue with Village Voice pretending Sharia is anything other than a disgusting, barbaric throwback to the dark ages when women were treated like property. Obviously there is no real danger of Sharia law overtaking the law in Kansas, so Brownback's bill is stupid, but Village Voice shouldn't pretend that Sharia law is just "a different perspective". It is much more than a different perspective. It imprisons and whips young women for the crime of being raped. Unjustifiable.

VikingBerserker
VikingBerserker

It sounds like this could also apply to countries we have treaties with that we recognize their legal code, The UN, NATO amoung others.  Jesus Christ, it always has to be a Republican being an idiot.

BTW, Mohammed is on one of the friezes on the US Supreme Court

mothernatureseven
mothernatureseven

The backAssWard hicks get juicy just having these stupid laws passed. The world just laughs at crap like this and wonders what Americans usefor brains. (hint) rhymes with cow sh!t. USA is fast moving from 2nd to 3rd tier status. It will be a banana republic with nukes, like North Korea.

odubya23
odubya23

I sure hope the folks in Kansas are proud of how much time and money was wasted signing into law this non-issue.  I wonder if this mean that kosher delis are now verboten?

Robert Jasso
Robert Jasso

The more interesting thing here John Surico is, "what's your point?"

Jim Davis
Jim Davis

Good. And if you think different, you naive liberal tree huggers, you should go live under Islam for a little while. Get some stoning, and hanging of your gays in while you are there. Every single one of you liberal idiots, who naively believe Islam is a religion of peace, think about what they'd do to you if they ruled over you. Islam loves gay liberals especially those who would push the term Islamaphobia. Their biggest victory is getting the people they would want to kill first to help them do their job, which is spread Islam into every facet of life. You just did that for them. Thanks. Good Job

That's their plan, morons. There's no fear guys...only action. Our culture, backed up by effective Military attacks, will win this. Afghanistan is a loss because we are dealing with people who hate us and will take our money and lie to our face about it. We didn't lose the war against Islam. It's just going to the next stage. They will never stop. It's time to regroup

We are in denial that all of Islam is at War with us. They hate us all. Check out Pakistan and our killing of  Bin Laden. Do you really support Pakistan and typical Muslim behavior like this? Oh that's right, Liberals are BLAME AMERICA FIRST.  You liberals are total f'n morons. Maybe NYC needs some Pakistani grooming gangs like they have in the UK. How about that? We just had a Somali one in Tennessee. You support women's rights but yet you support Islam. How contradictory, liberals. Islam hates women. All most all of them go to hell according to their clerics if you take the time to check out what they say on Youtube. But you take their lies for granted...great reporting BTW

Now please call me a racist...Islam isn't a race. Islam hates you, me, freedom and logic. Sharia may not yet be a serious issue here in the US but it's all over Europe. What the liberals are doing to the UK is ridiculous. It's time to put an end to this Muslim invasion under the guise of multiculturalism. They use our strength of diversity to attack us.  They are allowing Muslims to immigrate and run rampant over out society. Islam isn't compatible with freedom in the west and again, if a Muslim ever tells you other wise they are so lying to your face. American Muslims are probably the least educated. There are two Korans. Islam plays a shell game with all of it. Jailhouse Muslims are least educated. They are recruited. We should empty the jails of Muslims in the West and send them to Mecca where they belong. Let the rapist and murderers be with their brothers. That's fair and we can use that money saved to help the school systems in the US. They need to embrace Islam at it's best. Right in Saudi Arabia where all this hate for the West is generated.

I just want to finally say by this paper supporting Islam, they are allowing anti Semitic views to be championed. I'm no Jew but I know Antisemitism when I see it and Islam is built on it. Mohammed hijacked their religion and tried to sell it back to them in the form of the moon called Allah. To be a Muslim is to hate a Jew. It must be resentment for not being accepted. Poor Mo.Please tell me one single Muslim country that's actually friends with Israel? Anyone? You can't. Maybe this country with a Muslim President. But your Obama is no friend of Israel. 

I invite anyone to debate me on any of this including SO CALLED Muslim know-it-alls. I am not a Christian or a Jew or anything else so don't come into the argument comparing religions. Islam needs to stand on it's own. It can't. It's a house of cards. Anyone who has read the Qu'ran knows this and I am talking about especially the Medina edition which has more precedence over the Mecca edition.  I will be greatly surprised if this puke liberal rag actually allows my comments to stay. If not, go ask any country in the UN today if they'd like to have your gay liberal employees in their country? I'm not even ripping on homos here. You need to wake up...Village Voice. The world's not a box full of liberal wishes. 

AntiSoros
AntiSoros

Perhaps Mr. Surico would like to explain (as only a progressive liberal can) exactly why any U.S. State should allow and or honor Sharia...Ask yourselves why such a person with this particular political bent would invite, want, advocate for the inclusion of any laws BASED on RELIGION. I applaud the Kansas governor for exemplary leadership. He has sent a powerful message to those that continue to wish and work for intrusion into the United States Constitution. What the author not so skillfully doesn't mention is that in the UK where Sharia has been infused, it is a disaster of epic proportions. Add that to radical Islam tenets which include overwhelming populations, and you lose your country in a couple of generations. Grow up John, not everyone is a progressive lemming.

Elle
Elle

Kudos to Governor Brownback.

Flunkenberg
Flunkenberg

Here's my opinion on why they're doing this.

They have to ban SHARIA law outright in advance of their instituting any OTHER authoritarian, religious laws. The Dominionists and others want to impose a severe, right-wing Christianity on the country. But they have to be careful when they write the laws not to say this, and keep pushing *religion*, though they sometimes give up the game and say "Christianity" or "Judeo-Christianity."

But if the law just says *religion*, then someone could try to add Islamic Sharia to the list.

So they're whipping up hysteria in advance, banning Sharia, and when the impose Christianist laws, the majority of us will be wondering what hit us.

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet
Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

He's really not picking on Islamics. The actual Law of the Land is that Canon Law is not recognized. ( Supreme Court 1947). If he says that, he'll alienate his constituency, the Christians. Even Utah had to prove it was not a theocracy before they could seek admission into the union.

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

Jgg
Jgg

  It's moot--under the Establishment clause, laws must have a primary secular purpose (regardless of whether or not they are consistent with the laws of any one religion).

Jethro
Jethro

A pre-nup is a consensual legal agreement between two parties.  No one is being forced to sign it, even if one was based on Sharia.  Morons.

Gary Rumain
Gary Rumain

It seems you also have no clue as to the difference between halal and sharia. Typical.

odubya23
odubya23

You, sir, need to increase your intake of fiber.

Errol
Errol

What a f***ing moron you and everyone who thinks like you are.  You are a piece of s**t waste of space on this planet.  I can't wait until all the narrow-minded bastards like you die off..

Gary Rumain
Gary Rumain

The libtards can't explain it, they just know they want it.

odubya23
odubya23

Another poor American who doesn't know that the Constitution already protected him from Sharia law.  This is what happens when you don't put money into public education.

AntiSoros
AntiSoros

You are correct but we don't want or need judges tapping Sharia to make their judgments. We have a Constitution and all the case law we can handle and, we most certainly don't need MORE religion injected into the process, let alone, one that is all to frequently perverted for political reasons.

Stevart
Stevart

Not if the fundamental "agreements," sharia or otherwise violate the constitution and/or Bill of Rights. We could agree that I may be forced to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge, except it isn't mine to sell.

Gary Rumain
Gary Rumain

I see you can't argue his points so you employ the typical libtard rebuttal of ad homs.

odubya23
odubya23

You two are both idiots who have no understanding how law in the US works.

Gary Rumain
Gary Rumain

Funny, at least 3 judges disagree with you. So what's your excuse? Were you home schooled or something?

odubya23
odubya23

Says the guy who just called other person a 'lib-tard'.  Typical.

Gary Rumain
Gary Rumain

The guy above me? That would be you. Now come back when you get a clue. You're totally separated from reality.

odubya23
odubya23

I said you, and the guy above you, have such a poor understanding of Constitutional law, how the "threat" of Sharia Law was non-existant except to those who have no grounding in reality, that it brands you both as the kind of fools that shame all Americans with your behavior and comments.  

That a little more clear, or do you need someone to help you read it?

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