Our nation is founded on laws – laws of the Constitution of both the US and the individual states. Local laws are made by counties and municipalities that are handled in the lower courts. Each state has a superior court and then the “biggie US Supreme Court located in Washington.
Our laws are made by men and women in the Legislative body of government. They are introduced, considered, researched, and then voted on for a majority rule.
However, Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Neilson of Tampa, Florida says that a case before him will be determined by Ecclesiastical Islamic Law. Can you just imagine the chaos, if all cases would be determined by the many individual holy books of all the religions in America? We are the United States of America and we all abide by the same laws.
Whatever happened to the preverbal “separation of church and state,” which simply means that the state would not force any type of religious worship on those living in the United States? Will this open up the door for all of Muslim cases to be determined by their own laws rather than the laws of the land?
There is a law suit to be considered between a local mosque, the Islamic Education Center of Tampa and whether those involved in the case are properly following the teachings of the Koran.
According to the “Patriot Update” the suit was filed by several men who say they were improperly thrown out as trustees in 2002 dispute over who controls the $2.2 million the center had received from the state of Florida after some of the land was purchased to be used in a road project. A legal dispute between a Protestant Pastor and his congregation members would not go by the church’s rules; but by the laws of that state.
The “Patriot Update,” states that Attorney Paul Thanasides appealed Nielsons decision with the 2nd District court of Appeals saying that religion has no place in a secular court decision. The mosque states according to Attorney Thanasides that, “The mosque believes wholeheartedly in the Koran and its teachings.” “They certainly follow Islamic law in connection with their spiritual endeavors. But with respect to secular endeavors, they believe Florida law should apply in Florida courts.” However, we already have many cases of Muslims carrying out their own laws that are in direct conflict with the US laws. Fathers have killed their daughters for disgracing the family, which is legal in their culture, but against the laws of America.
This case is happening in Florida as lawmakers all across the US are considering legislation to ban the use of Islamic law in all US courts
Legislation is being announced by two Republican Representatives, Alan Hays, and Larry Metz to prevent Islamic law or any other foreign legal code to be applied in the state courts. When you come to America and live in America, you abide by American laws.
Many of our judges have been running amuck over the past decades. They forget they are not to make laws; but to enforce them. Many in Congress have stated that we should no longer abide by the U.S. Constitution; but should drift more toward European Law. Didn’t we fight a big battle over that in the late 1700s?
This case will likely draw attention nationwide as many communities with growing Muslim populations are clamoring for Sharia law to be the law they go by and not the laws the rest of the nation has to abide by. Remember this is that law that condones the stoning of women and other archaic beliefs. Should Catholics and other religions have their own set of laws? Baptist? Methodist? Jews?
Will this set a precedence that will open up the hornets’ nest to allow all sorts of laws to come into being that are in direct opposition to the laws of this land? Recognition of this type of law not part of the laws of the land could have devastating results on families all across the US. We already deal with local law, county law, state law, national and inter-national law. We surely do not need any more supplements to our laws based on one people’s culture and ideas.
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This writer ends with:
“Such a local ruling may seem innocuous. But it’s the camel’s nose under the tent.”
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