Two bills to ban Sharia law in Georgia courts

Because we can’t let Oklahoma get ahead of us, state lawmakers could soon debate the “American Laws for Georgia Courts Act.” From the Fulton County Daily Report and Law.com:

House Bill 45, introduced by Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Atlanta, states “it shall be the public policy of this state to protect its citizens from the application of foreign laws when the application … will result in the violation of a right guaranteed by the Constitution of this state or of the United States.” The bill also would prevent arbitrators or tribunals from enforcing a foreign law that didn’t meet constitutional standards.

Jacobs, a lawyer and vice chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told the Fulton County Daily Report the bill would “ban the use of Sharia law in state courts.” He acknowledged that he was not aware of any instances in Georgia where a plaintiff or defendant asked the court to apply Sharia law but believes it has happened elsewhere.

“We’re seeing more of a feeling that Sharia law should be applied in domestic cases,” he said, such as divorces.

The chairman of the House Judiciary panel, Rep. Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, has signed on as a sponsor but hedged when asked whether he supports the bill.
“I want to see what comes up in hearings,” Willard said, to answer this question: “Does it serve a real purpose or is that standard [that federal and state laws trump foreign laws] already recognized by courts in the state?”

M. Khurram Baig, a litigator with Kumar, Prabhu, Patel & Banerjee in Atlanta and a member of the Georgia Association of Muslim Lawyers, said the answer is no: “I don’t know of any instance where foreign law has prevailed in a Georgia court ever. So why is this necessary?”

But Jacob’s isn’t the only bill on the topic. State Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta, has a similar measure — SB 51.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Sideshow Bill

February 8th, 2011
5:51 pm

Well that rules out Christianity since that was formed elsewhere, and of course isn’t in the constitution.

More importantly, what about the jobs? How do they plan to address that more pressing issue?

Michael

February 8th, 2011
6:02 pm

Finally, a law that will get rid of the Baptists once and for all! The Republican legislature can finally achieve Karl Marx’s dream of Freedom From Religion!

Oh, and about those jobs . . .

Jeff

February 8th, 2011
6:04 pm

So will this ban all restrictions on the sale of alcohol? After all, under Sharia law alcohol is expressly forbidden, and under this bill Sharia law shall not prevail in Georgia courts…

deegee

February 8th, 2011
6:06 pm

What are these bozos getting in per diem for wasting our time? Cut them off.

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Just Asking

February 8th, 2011
6:09 pm

M. Khurram Baig, Why is an association of Muslim Lawyers necessary?,

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sideshow Bill

February 8th, 2011
6:21 pm

@Just Asking, for the same reason Christian and Jewish lawyer associations exist, it’s call the right to assemble.

Last Man Standing

February 8th, 2011
6:26 pm

Present the bill and pass the legislation. I want to be very sure that nothing muslim is done in the court system – or anywhere else in this country for that matter. 9/11 and the deafening silence of so called “peace loving muslims” taught me all I need to know about muslims.

Sharia law, indeed!

wondering

February 8th, 2011
6:27 pm

You guys bored? Nothing to do? Haven’t a clue what to do? Jobs. Jobs. JOBS!!!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

February 8th, 2011
6:30 pm

An Anti-sharia law sounds crazy, unless you look at Europe today..a horrible islamist version of multicultural dystopia. We do not ever want to become the multicultural hellhole that the EU has become. Thankfully, europe is finally waking up and both Merkel and Cameron have put voice to the fact that multiculturalism has utterly FAILED.

If that offends any followers of the pedophile mohammed, tough sh*t. I hate you and your pedophile 9 yr old raping prophet.

Bemused

February 8th, 2011
6:37 pm

After all, the wonderfully advanced State of Oklahoma should serve as the paradigm for Georgia lawmaking. To compensate, we could give them lessons in the proper way to handle snakes while in the throes of Christian ectasy.

Curious

February 8th, 2011
6:49 pm

So according to this bill it will be illegal to violate the Constitution. How original!

xdog

February 8th, 2011
6:55 pm

“multicultural hellhole?!?!’ Well, sure, can’t have any mud people doing their thing. In fact, I bet if you asked
TrishaDisha, she’d say no one should be allowed to do their thing, unless of course it happens to be her thing.

These GOPer clowns should be laughed out of office. If the country wasn’t going to hell so quickly that’s exactly what would happen.

Jon

February 8th, 2011
6:59 pm

Leave it to the GAGOP to fight the battles that don’t exist…

TrishaDishaWarEagle

February 8th, 2011
7:03 pm

xdog, did you know sharia law says kills gays? just a hunch it might be applicable here..maybe, maybe not.

Question Man

February 8th, 2011
7:29 pm

Should we worry that legislative debates like this one about Sharia law will prevent the Georgia legislature from dealing with pressing issues such as preventing involuntarily planting microships in our bodies?

Last Man Standing

February 8th, 2011
7:30 pm

TrishaDishaWarEagle:

You will probably have to enlighten many here as to the affect of muslim culture in England, France, etc. We do NOT need to make the same mistake these people did. Unfortunately, I believe that muslims have already made progress within this country to achieve their goal. We still have time to turn it around if, and only if, we have the will.

JP

February 8th, 2011
7:31 pm

Trisha – we have plenty of non-Muslims killing gays. Let’s worry about them first….

xdog

February 8th, 2011
7:32 pm

Hey TrishaDisha, I’d say most people can condemn the excesses of any religion and still be upset at brainwipe legislators who waste time and money. No one’s coming to Georgia to legitimize killing gays or stoning adulterers or to making you wear a veil for that matter. Settle down and worry about something important, like the state budget.

DannyX

February 8th, 2011
8:17 pm

“xdog, did you know sharia law says kills gays? just a hunch it might be applicable here..maybe, maybe not.”

So does Christianity according to Rep. Bobby Franklin (R) Cobb County. From today’s Marietta Daily Journal…

“The Bible says it’s a capital offense,” Franklin said of homosexuality. “You want someone with unrepentant criminal behavior?

Good job Christians, way to keep up with the Muslims.

BW

February 8th, 2011
8:38 pm

The only surprise is that these two idiots are from the metro area.

RT

February 8th, 2011
9:19 pm

http://factonista.org/2008/10/01/pat-condell-on-sharia-law-in-britain/

Pat Condell – You Tube – many clips – take your pick

RT

February 8th, 2011
9:20 pm

double

February 8th, 2011
10:17 pm

waiting for someone to enlighten as to “effect”mulim have on England.

double

February 8th, 2011
10:23 pm

Muslim or moslem whichever.

Areyouserious??

February 8th, 2011
10:40 pm

These clowns in the GA legislature give Georgians a bad, bad name. This is just embarrassing; not to mention a huge waste of time, resources and news print. Morons.

CobbGOPer

February 8th, 2011
10:51 pm

Hooray! We’ve beat back the scourge of Islamic fascism.

And still no jobs.

Alabama Communist

February 8th, 2011
10:54 pm

No doubt Rep. Mike Jacobs really believes in the next year the Muslins will seize power in the State Of Georgia and make him worship Goats on the weekends……….

phil c

February 8th, 2011
10:54 pm

What next, phrenology to be taught in science class?

DJ

February 8th, 2011
10:59 pm

good to see our elected officials are getting down to the hard work that needs to be done instead of pandering to the knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing troglodytes they used to only have to care about in the run up to an election.

uno

February 8th, 2011
11:06 pm

These clowns give clowns a bad name.

The Thin Guy

February 8th, 2011
11:32 pm

I want to bring back Trial by Combat. If two people differ, let them fight to death. God will award victory to the one in the right. Unlike some bloggers, I actually know several Muslims. Most are intelligent, articulate, and personable. But all of them and I do mean all of them are crazy as a bed bug when it comes to politics or religion.

WAW

February 8th, 2011
11:47 pm

I thought it would never come to this, a liberal democrat agreeing 100% on a right wing bill, but I agree that this bill needs to pass. Any law(s) that subvert the laws of the union and states is treason. The United States of American shall bow to no other authority. We may not agree with each other on a lot of things but using a religion as justice ain’t gonna happen.

kinsi

February 8th, 2011
11:49 pm

Good God All Mighty we elected some idiots this year. How about trying to solve real problems for once?

Christophorm

February 9th, 2011
12:28 am

The pedophile muslim prophet’s religion is comeing to Georgia too? make all pedophiles wear a pink polka dot head covering, so our kids won’t go missing and we can know who they are at all times

DeDe

February 9th, 2011
1:13 am

Apparently most of you have not done any research into Sharia Law. it allows Women to be “murdered” for what the men or their family think may

Keith

February 9th, 2011
1:13 am

I be in love with Trisha! You go girl!

DeDe

February 9th, 2011
1:19 am

It most of you have not done your research into Sharia Law. It allows women to be “murdered” for what the men or their family think may have been an insult to their family. Which includes looking or speaking to a male outside of the family. producing only female children. exposing any part of their body in public. the list goes on and on. Also a female in the family can be “murdered” under Sharia Law if she “dishonors” her family. I know you have seen and heard of those cases. So “hell yes” any law that can stop Sharia Law from getting a foot hold in the USA like it has in europe is great and we should all be behind it.

BK

February 9th, 2011
1:29 am

Good for them! Now is the time to stop Sharia. We cannot let them get a foothold in our society, sorry. They have BARBARIC lifestyles, and it is inconsistent with freedom loving countries. More countries are realizing this, hence the articles about the UK and now Canada. If we are to pursue a freedom loving agenda (once we remove the Marxist-in-chief), we must not be hindered by sharia.

Halsey

February 9th, 2011
2:12 am

‘Sharia Law’ just sounds like another term for stuck in the distant past. Sharia Law just seems like a Middle Eastern version of extreme, oppressive religious fundamentalism. There are people of every religion and culture who exercise ‘Sharia’ like philosophies. Education is the key to fighting these philosophies.

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David

February 9th, 2011
2:20 am

That jackwad that beheaded his wife in Buffalo NY wanted to be tried under Sharia and his lawyers fought for it. You get the right multicultural loving, activist judge and no laws restricting it … you would have precedent before you know it.

Fire Eater

February 9th, 2011
3:10 am

Since one US Supreme Court Justice has announced that America “must” consider foreign law instead of the Constitution in deciding the validity of laws, this measure is appropriate and timely. There are many in this land who would like to adopt European-type laws forbidding free speech, press, association and of course gun ownership.

There is nothing in the historical record to indicate that Islam is “the religion of peace.”

Ramguy

February 9th, 2011
6:21 am

If most of you have not done your research into Sharia Law. It allows women to be “murdered” for what the men or their family think may have been an insult to their family. Which includes looking or speaking to a male outside of the family. producing only female children. exposing any part of their body in public. the list goes on and on. Also a female in the family can be “murdered” under Sharia Law if she “dishonors” her family. I know you have seen and heard of those cases.

Ahhhhhh, I think we already have laws covering those things.

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February 9th, 2011
6:53 am

Hey TrishaDisha, what is your username on Stormfront?

jt

February 9th, 2011
6:55 am

Having an Imman decide your fate would be no worse than the corrupt judges of Georgia.

If you are not politically connected or have deep pockets you are pretty much screwed either way.

All judges MUST submit to mandatory drug tests.

GB

February 9th, 2011
6:57 am

Why is it necessary? the man asks. Is he really so ignorant that he does not know? To PREVENT it from happening in the future.

The Real Politico

February 9th, 2011
6:58 am

While we are at it don’t forget to ban those foreign laws began in Jerusalem 2000 years ago.

GB

February 9th, 2011
7:00 am

TrishaDishaWarEagle

You had better watch out and hope the AJC doesn’t divulge your email address. Some of the adherents of the great religion of peace will hunt you down and kill you for your blasphemy.