Thursday, March 10, 2011

And They’re Off

The Florida legislature runs right into the field of xenophobia and stupidity.

Two Republican legislators want to make sure Florida courts aren’t tainted by what one of them calls foreign “shenanigans:” Muslim Sharia law or legal codes from other nations.

Neither Sen. Alan Hays nor Rep. Larry Metz, though, could name a Florida case where international law or Islamic law has caused a problem in a state court. They said they weren’t targeting Sharia, a body of law primarily based on the Koran and the Hadith, the sayings of Islam’s founder, Mohammed.

But the legislation, which resembles efforts in a dozen other states where Islamic law is under scrutiny, was copied almost word-for-word from the “model legislation” posted on the website of a group called the American Public Policy Alliance.

On the upside, it would also ban the use of the Ten Commandments as the basis of law; Mount Sinai isn’t a small town in central Florida, and Moses was not an American.