In the final days of Florida’s legislative session, some conservative blogs claimed they had unearthed the real war on women — a war being waged by Democrats. “Florida Democrats just voted to impose Sharia law on women,” read a headline on WesternJournalism.com.
SHARIA LAW HAS BEEN BANNED IN Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee
Tampa Bay The story explained: “Anyone who isn’t certain that Democrats are devoted to destroying America need only take a look at their despicable conduct in the Florida Senate. In a vote that never should have had to be taken, every single Democrat voted to force Sharia law on the people of Florida. By doing so, they placed women and children in very real danger. The vote was 24 votes for America and 14 votes for al-Qaida and the Taliban cast by loathsome Democrats.”
It’s important to note right off that claims that “Florida Democrats just voted to impose Sharia law on women” are wrong on many levels — the first of which is that Democratic lawmakers didn’t vote affirmatively for doing any of those things. They voted against a bill that would have barred the use of foreign laws in some contexts, something far more limited. (See video below)
Sharia law is a wide-ranging set of rules that govern aspects of Islamic life, including religious practice, daily living, crime and financial dealings. Muslims differ on its interpretation. (No, they don’t, and if they do they are considered apostates)
At root of the Florida issue is a dispute between a Tampa Islamic center and some of its ousted trustees. In making a ruling on the case in March 2011, a circuit judge cited Islamic law, sparking outcry from conservatives. That month, two Republican state lawmakers, Sen. Alan Hays and Rep. Larry Metz, announced they would push for a bill to ban foreign law in Florida courts.
After several failed efforts, the bill that passed this year — SB 386, “Application of Foreign Law in Courts.”
The bill doesn’t specifically mention Sharia law (so as not to instigate terror-linked CAIR), and it doesn’t outright ban the use of Sharia law, said Eduardo Palmer, a Coral Gables lawyer who serves on the legislative committee of the Florida Bar’s international law section. But much of the discussion centered on Sharia law.
The bill states “A court may not enforce: (a) A choice of law provision in a contract selecting the law of a foreign country which contravenes the strong public policy of this state or that is unjust or unreasonable. . . . The purpose of this section is to codify existing case law, and that intent should guide the interpretation of this section.”
The legislation allows a judge to agree to apply foreign law as long as it doesn’t contradict public policy in the United States. For example, if a couple signed a prenuptial agreement in Argentina and later gets a divorce in Florida, a Miami judge could decide to apply Argentina’s law in the divorce case here, Palmer said. But if a foreign law violated our public policy in the United States about child labor rules, for example, then a judge could reject it. (In at least 45 cases in the U.S., judges have based their rulings on sharia law)
The Florida chapter of pro-sharia Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations, which tracks and counters anti-Islamic attacks, and Florida’s Anti-Defamation League, both lobbied against the bill.
DEMOCRAT Legislators who voted against the bill argued (parroting the jihadists from CAIR) that it was unnecessary and tantamount to an attack on Muslims.
Rep. Jim Waldman, D-Coconut Creek, told the House “This bill, this proposal, stems directly from a hatred of
Muslims sharia. It’s caught on across the country and many other state legislatures have dealt with this, and I find it reprehensible.” (Hatred of sharia should be a requirement for anyone holding office or sitting on the Supreme Court in the USA)
Waldman called the bill “a solution in search of a problem.” (See video below)
The Senate approved the bill 24-14, with all the votes in opposition coming from Democrats. The House approved the bill 78-40, with a majority of Democrats voting “no.” A spokesman for Gov. Rick Scott said he will review the bill.
It’s ridiculous — beyond ridiculous, really — to suggest that Senate Democrats forced on women such elements of Sharia law as burqa-wearing and stoning to death. We rate this claim Pants on Fire. (Apparently, you have not seen this video)