Florida Senate to Consider Anti-Shariah Legislation Today
When I lobbied in late January for the successful passage of the Florida Stands with Israel resolution recently passed unanimously by both houses , I met with Sen. Alan Hays (Dist.20), co-sponsor of that successful resolution supporting Israel and SB 136, "Application of Foreign Laws in Certain Cases". Hays is a member of the Florida Senate Judiciary committee that on January 25th had passed this anti-Shariah Law measure unanimously. The hope was that this legislative session, which ends tomorrow, March 9th, would see the passage of this important measure. The Florida version of the American Law for American Courts (ALAC) is based in part on the model law developed for the American Public Policy Alliance by David Yerushalmi, Esq. - see my NER interview with him that appears in my new book, The West Speaks.
What prompted the Florida version of ALAC was a controversial decision by a Florida Circuit Court of Appeal in Tampa wherein a Judge ordered Muslim complainants to follow Shariah law in a community dispute-see my report on the decision, here.
The facially neutral Florida ALAC law embodied in SB 1360 should be supported by all Floridians and Americans to
preserve basic constitutional rights guaranteed all citizens. Please go to the link HERE and send a message to all Florida State senators to consider passing the measure so that Florida can be added to the roster of other states that have passed versions of the ALAC model law to assure constitutional law protections in litigation for all citizens .
The House version (HB 1209 passed the full Florida House of Representatives on March 1, 2012 by a vote of 92 -24
Below is the stated objecive of Florida SB 1360:
"Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases; Clarifying that the public policies expressed in the act apply to violations of a natural person’s fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges guaranteed by the State Constitution or the United States Constitution; declaring that certain decisions rendered under such laws, codes, or systems are void; providing that the act may not be construed to require or authorize any court to adjudicate, or prohibit any religious organization from adjudicating, ecclesiastical matters in violation of specified constitutional provisions or to conflict with any federal treaty or other international agreement to which the United States is a party to a specified extent, etc."
Today's debate and vote in the Florida is being contested by those who consider it an anti-religions bill. It is not. It prevents violations of both the Florida and US Constitutions from the application of foreign ecclesiastical laws like Shariah.
Please send the Florida Senate deliberating on SB 1360 today that this measure must be passed to assure the continued liberty and freedom under the laws of this State and the US.
Posted on 03/08/2012 8:39 AM by Jerry Gordon