Monday, January 17, 2011

Invoking the Law of Unintended Consequences

Mimicking proposed legislation in several other states, Rep. Leo Berman (R-Tyler) suggested a constitutional amendment prohibiting Texas courts from enforcing, considering or applying religious or cultural law. Though the joint resolution itself does not specify ‘Sharia Law’ ­­­– the practices governing Muslim life, including family, work and religion – it falls under the umbrella of banned rules.
“A lot of federal courts are referring to international courts and laws of other countries. We want to make sure our courts are not doing this, especially in regards to cultural laws,” Berman said. “If that includes Sharia law, then so be it.”

Hey, knock yourself out Leo. I support the proposed Amendment. If a law or regulation is based on religious tenets, yet has no secular value, it should not stand. If the Amendment passes, I think more than a few lawmakers, in their zeal to criminalize Islam, will find themselves having to accept civil liberties to American citizens who don't pass their religious tests.

1 comment:

  1. OMG. A Republican (from the south of all places) proposes a law addressing religious beliefs that favors no religion.


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