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Texas Gov. Greg “Based” Abbott Signs Anti-Sharia Bill Into Law

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed Bill 45, known as “American Laws for American Courts,” (ALAC), into law.

According to Breitbart, the bill ensures that only American law will be used in the courts of the state, prohibiting any foreign law, including Sharia.

Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano), one of the co-authors of the Bill, called the law “vitally important.”

Breitbart reports that representative Dan Flynn (R-Canton), lead author of Bill 45, also tried to pass similar legislation in the past, but failed.

He noted in a press release that divorce orders, child support, property settlements are often dictated by foreign law in Texas.

“My colleagues and I here at the Texas Legislature want to make sure Texas judges never apply foreign law in Texas courts in violation of constitutional rights and the public policy of our state,” he said.

Although Bill 45 does not give any specific examples of what foreign law is, it clarifies that any rule, law, or code from a jurisdiction outside of the United States is considered “foreign law.” The Bill states that in any legal conflicts, “federal or state law prevails.”

This will exclude Sharia Law, meaning that an Islamic Tribunal that was confirmed by Breitbart Texas, will no longer be able to operate.

Staff at the tribunal (Image via Breitbart Texas)

According to Breitbart Texas, one of the ‘judges,’ Dr. Taher El-badawi, said the tribunal operated under Sharia Law as a form of “non-binding dispute resolution.”

El-Badawi said on the matter of divorce that “while participation in the tribunal is voluntary, a married couple cannot be considered divorced by the Islamic community unless it is granted by the tribunal.”

According to Breitbart Texas, the tribunal’s (now-deleted) website stated that,  “the courts of the United States of America are costly and consist of ineffective lawyers.  Discontent with the legal system leads many Muslims in America to postpone justice in this world and opt for an audience on the Day of Judgment.”

“It is with this issue that Muslims here in America are obligated to find a way to solve conflicts and disputes according to the principles of Islamic Law and its legal heritage of fairness and justice in a manner that is reasonable and cost effective,” it continued.

Although the participation in this tribunal is voluntary, El-Badawi would not state the consequences of not abiding by the ruling.

The Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called Bill 45 anti-Shariah law and tried to ensure the states Muslim community would oppose the Bill. “We believe it prevents Muslims from practicing their faith in areas such as Islamic marriage, divorce, funeral procedures, and civil agreements,” the council said in a press release.

Texas is the 12th state to enact ALAC.

According to ACT for America, the other states are Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Washington.

The Texas supreme court will have to adopt Bill 45’s rules by January 1, 2018. The law will go into effect on September 1.

Sources:
Breitbart
Breitbart Texas
ACT For America

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. InTrumpWeTrust

    June 16, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Good.
    I do have to say that it’s a damn shame that we would even have to have a law stating this.
    Don’t mess with Texas <3

    • Bob Kittel

      June 16, 2017 at 1:33 pm

      Doesn’t the oath off allegiance cover this?
      I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure
      all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or
      sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen;
      that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States
      of America against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true
      faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the
      United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant
      service in the armed forces of the United States when required by the law;
      and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or
      purpose of evasion, so help me God.

      • January

        June 16, 2017 at 4:57 pm

        Exactly!!! I went with a friend from Ireland who became a U.S. Citizen and listened to the oath of allegiance that 175 people becoming citizens took that day. Key words : Defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America”. So why is Sharia Law even a question today? It’s a religious law. Try introducing a Christian law in the courts, you’ll have the atheists screaming. If Christian and other religions are banned from schools and any type of government, why isn’t Islam automatically banned also?

        • Bob Kittel

          June 16, 2017 at 6:06 pm

          word

          • January

            June 16, 2017 at 6:38 pm

            I change it to “DEFEND”, then that would make it word. Thanks.

      • G.E. Maynor

        June 16, 2017 at 11:43 pm

        That just covers imports, not natural born citizens.

  2. Hemi

    June 16, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    The Trump Administration needs to list CAIR on the terror list and outlaw Sharia Law nationally.

  3. texas123

    June 16, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    El-Badawi said on the matter of divorce that “while participation in the tribunal is voluntary, a married couple cannot be considered divorced by the Islamic community unless it is granted by the tribunal.”

    Yeah, same thing for Roman Catholics, you’re still married in the eyes of the Church until you go through the annulment process and are granted one. But the annulment process has nothing to do with division of assets, child custody etc etc. That’s all for the State to decide.

    Better late than never Texas…that whole thing with sharia tribunals operating in Irving TX and these folks trying to take over Irving city council meetings was scary and shetchy as hell.

  4. misha1d1

    June 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    There should be no reason for this law, but there is; therefore, good job Texas Republicans. I’m quite sure that is who passed it.

  5. Lotsaruck

    June 16, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Wanna practice your ill-conceived religion, there’s a bright spot in the solar system you can go to practice. Hope you have plenty of sun screen and a god that’s good with fire. You’re going to need them.

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