Alabama State Senate Gerald Allen (Tuscaloosa) has introduced a bill that would amend the Alabama Constitution to exclude foreign law, international law, and Sharia law from consideration in Alabama courts:
The courts provided for in subsection (a), when exercising their judicial authority, shall uphold and adhere to the law as provided in the United States Constitution, the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, the United States Code, federal regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, established common law, the Code of Alabama 1975, and rules promulgated thereto, and if necessary the law of another state of the United States, provided the law of the other state does not include Sharia, in making judicial decisions. The courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia. The provisions of this subsection shall apply to all cases before the respective courts including, but not limited to, cases of first impression.
Shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures? You mean like English common law? Cripes! We're doomed! And no consideration of "international law?" That's odd. Aren't a lot of international laws the product of treaties ratified by Congress? We suspect Allen has simply confused the concepts of a foreign nation's laws and international law. You see, the "inter-" part of the word means something. Funny the way language works.
When asked, Allen could point to no instance of a court attempting to use Sharia law, but said the amendment was designed to protect Alabama's future from the growing threat of Islam.
[AL.com via AP]
If Sharia does ever become law in Alabama, we imagine state representative Alvin Holmes will have something to say about Islam's prohibitions on alcohol: "Yo! What's wrong with the beer we got?" He probably supports the bill's ban on the consideration of laws "from Germany!"
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