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Day 90: Legislature attacks Sharia law, United Nations Agenda 21, but no resolution on budget, redistricting

May 11, 2012

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— State legislators Friday approved bills taking aim at Islamic Sharia law and United Nations Agenda 21.

Meanwhile, legislators remained far apart on reaching agreement on the state budget, taxes, redistricting and other issues as the deadline for the 90-day session was set to end.

Leaders conceded that the session would extend into overtime next week.

The Senate approved a bill that bans Kansas courts and administrative agencies from basing rulings on foreign laws or legal systems.

The measure doesn't mention Sharia law, but several senators said that was their concern.

"They stone women to death in countries that have Sharia law," said state Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita. "If you vote to not adopt (the bill), it's a vote against women," she said.

But state Sen. Tim Owens, R-Overland Park, said the bill was unnecessary because courts already are ruled by United State laws and the U.S. Constitution. He said the bill was based on intolerance and fear and would make people think only those with a Christian, religious-right perspective were welcome in Kansas.

The measure easily passed, 33-4, after winning approval in the House, 120-0.

Earlier Friday, the House gave final approval to a resolution that recognizes "the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21."

The House approved the resolution 76-41.

The measure criticizes U.N. Agenda 21 as a covert plot to destroy the

American way of life through extreme environmentalism, social engineering and global political control.

Critics of the resolution described it as a right-wing conspiracy theory. Agenda 21 states its purpose as seeking global cooperation to improve the environment and reduce economic disparities between countries. It came out of discussions on sustainable development at the U.N. Conference of Environment and Development in 1992.

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Kirk Larson 1 year, 11 months ago

So let me get this straight, this law is to protect women from the abuses under Sharia law, right. Well, under Sharia women would be prohibited from utilizing contraception or abortion. So this law will guarantee these right to Kansas women, right?...Right?

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 11 months ago

You know, it's incredibly embarrassing when, on an international level, the name of your state becomes a synonym for "backward, reactionary and bigoted". Dalee Sambo Dorough, the vice chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, referred to the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia as "the Kansas group" because those four nations voted in the U.N. against the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. President Obama has since reversed that vote but it's a huge indication of how the rest of the world sees us. Kansas has become internationally famous. And not in a good way.

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kansanjayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

The use of foreign and international law by the Courts in the U.S. is a serious issue. No Court should be guided by anything but the Statutes and Constitutions of the U.S. and the several states that are a part of the Union! Upholding this value is important and worthy of the time that was spent on it by the Legislature! In addressing the above post--the radicals are not the voters or the Legislatures--it is the Courts that are forcing "gay marriage" upon most States. This gay marriage issue would not even be on the radar if it had not been for Obama placing it there! The majority of citizens and the voters in 31 states believe that marriage should remain the union of a man and a woman. There can be no such thing as gay marriage.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 11 months ago

Whaddya mean? We already have sharia style laws in the U.S. and these republicans are boldly in favor of them all. They want to discriminate against gay and lesbian folks with their laws against gay marriage on the basis of some scripture dictated by King James I of England in 1611. They loudly procalim that they want to get government out of our lives, but do not stumble one step when trying to formulate laws to obstruct safe and legal abortion in the U.S. These facists are about as hypocritical as the voters of North Carolina. Religious laws litter the books and our lives and these tea baggers are out to make more of them.

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OzD 1 year, 11 months ago

Whew! We nearly ended the legislative session without affirming that courts should use federal and state laws to guide their decisions. That was close!

If two consenting parties agree to use rock paper scissors or a coin toss to settle a dispute, would this be opposed by Wagle, or can these methods be considered domestic rather than foreign? She can have my scissors when she lops them off my cold dead arm.

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 11 months ago

Isn't it obvious that Wagle is stoned? I could not help but notice that in all these comments no one saw fit to mention the budget and jobs. Will the dental clinic have to close because of a lack of funding? Do the poor even need teeth? What about the way that Walmart treats their employees? Can anything be done about that? What about the rent in this city that makes it near impossible for working class people to find a place? Should we build a rent controlled shelter for the working class and their families?

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guess_again 1 year, 11 months ago

I hope everyone understands that after the Kochs and Sam run off the Kansas Senate Republican moderates, that Susan Wagle will be the Senate President, and working hand in hand with Speaker O'Neal and the Governor. You think headlines have been bad so-far? Just wait.

I wonder what Sharia law says about babysitters who seduce then marry one of their clients? Or how about people who make their living from running bingo parlors. Maybe Wagle just doesn't want to get personally stoned?

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

Recall Sam Brownback!

Vote in Tom Holland!

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Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 11 months ago

Who will protect the women against the Christian supremacists?

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ScottyMac 1 year, 11 months ago

So does this apply to mosaic law too? Bye bye, ten commandments!

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

This is no different from the hysteria over "Papal/Catholic law" not all that far back.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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irvan moore 1 year, 11 months ago

sharia law is irrelevant is the USA, that's right, if you want to live here follow our laws, please don't think we should be bound by yours

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its_just_math 1 year, 11 months ago

I think the legislature just wants to drive Scott Rothschild off the deep end into sheer madness so he has to quit covering Topeka. Of course with the DRD4 dopamine receptors making SR feel so good about his reporting, that will never happen.

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Grump 1 year, 11 months ago

Agenda 21 is obviously a conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids. Oh wait, maybe that's Sharia law. Or both. (I get so confused about my precious bodily fluids.)

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

Normal people need to consider implementation of "Sharia Law.

Since "Liberals" are in love with all things Islamic. Measures should be taken to govern "Liberals" under "Sharia Law".

This implementation should engorge "Liberals" with the "enlightened" fulfillment for all their "physical propensities" so important to them.

Contributing to "Liberals" happiness is important for a "free" Kansas.

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Shelley Bock 1 year, 11 months ago

When I first read this article, I couldn't stop chuckling. My comments would have clearly violated the terms of usage.

This is totally insane, inane and moronic. No, that's too complimentary. It is total and unmitigated garbage.

While matters of substance are unattended, they focus on these ridiculous statements?

This only proves that they are driven by pure paranoia and fear.

To say that any judge in the State of Kansas would use "Sharia Law" over and above Kansas law in any decision is an insult to judicial intelligence and ability. There is no way, under any potential scenario that this would have even a remote prospect of being considered. Fantasy, lunacy and paranoia! What drugs are they collectively using. Hope it isn't from the evidence room of the Shawnee County District Court.

To then take time to address a 20 year old UN resolution that has obviously not had any impact on life in Brownbackistan during those 20 years, is once again a complete waste of time and effort.. But, it keeps up with the standards of the previous wasted efforts.

I suppose their next act will be to congratulate themselves on protecting the State from invasion by the forces of Imperial Japan.

You're doing a great job, "Brown"backistan.

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Shane Garrett 1 year, 11 months ago

Free tin foil hats for those who think Abdulla could never be elected as a judge. Have to agree with Kansas Jay hawk on this one.

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autie 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm a little confuse here on this subject. Do you mean to tell me that people actually thought that some Islamic law thing would even be considered in a standard court of law in Kansas? Not llike a judge is going to impose stoning or cut off a finger or anything. Are the tinfoil hats free?

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tange 1 year, 11 months ago

"They stone women to death in countries that have Sharia law," said state Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita. "If you vote to not adopt (the bill), it's a vote against women," she said.

An adult woman, a legislator no less, made this comment? O M G .

/ gathering rocks, as I type

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verity 1 year, 11 months ago

I just emailed my representative---and this time I wasn't polite. Everybody who is disgusted with this, please do the same (well, you probably shouldn't be am impolite as I was, but I digress).

And remember this come election time.

V O T E !

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JayhawksandHerd 1 year, 11 months ago

Tim, there are plenty of reasons why people thought "only those with a Christian, religious-right perspective were welcome in Kansas" long before this do-nothing bill was introduced.

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cowboy 1 year, 11 months ago

brownbackblowsalot

The single most prophetic statement of the year

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verity 1 year, 11 months ago

Suddenly Ms Wagle is concerned about a vote against women?

Can these people get any stupider? Really, Sharia Law is hiding under our beds and is going to attack us in the night? As a woman, I have much more to fear from some of the laws than these very legislators are passing than I do from Sharia Law---or the laws of any other country. My mind is just boggled.

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somebodynew 1 year, 11 months ago

The easy way to solve this is for Legislators to not be paid for "overtime" as long as they have not tackled the real job they were sent there to do. No budget - no extra pay. No redistricting - no extra pay.

Of course the problem with this solution is that the legislators would have to vote to enact it. Guess how high up on the priority list that would be. I am guessing somewhere under what the State Dog should be.

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Steve Bunch 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh for the days when the Kansas legislature busied itself with liquor by the drink and bingo. Have I mentioned lately that we live in a moronocracy?

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toe 1 year, 11 months ago

Silly lawmakers. The greatest fear is too many laws in Kansas.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh my god!!!! Do your real job. What is the matter with you? Vote out any moron involved with this crud. Budget - District maps. That is your job. If some judge or prosector tries to implement Sharia law, then the lawyers will take care of it. Do your job. And no, the UN isn't getting ready to confiscate your land or whatever it is your afraid of. Are you really that stupid? Really?

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lawslady 1 year, 11 months ago

Resolutions are laws?? Of course not! They are simply a public statement of sentiment. And each such resoluation spends (wastes) valuable tax dollars and time. Take a look at all the resolutions that got drafted, re-drafted, discussed, debated, and worked this year. www.kslegislature.org . Now mulitply each one by what you think is the fair value $ market of the time/paper/effort spent. That is the wasteful mentality of the people elected to represent us. Is that how you expect your tax dollars to be used?

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JackMcKee 1 year, 11 months ago

Next on the agenda: A proclamation that Kansas recognizes Sanjaya as the true winner of the 6th American Idol.

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Betty Bartholomew 1 year, 11 months ago

I am a woman, and I think the bill based on fear of Sharia law is idiotic. Do they seriously think it is or would become a problem in this country and state? So stupid.

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Hooligan_016 1 year, 11 months ago

Let's give 'em a hand, folks! Encore! Encore!

I'm sure glad the Kansas economy has been Brownie's and KSCongress' #1 priority since taking office due to an Obama/Democrat "referendum" election in 2010, oh wait ....

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Jimo 1 year, 11 months ago

"State legislators Friday approved bills taking aim at Islamic Sharia law and United Nations Agenda 21."

Why is the agenda of today's radical GOP plagiarized directly from the front-page of The Onion? Does Stephen Colbert write the strategy briefs for the Republicans? (Where do bears stand on the threat level ranking?)

Every year there's a competition for Stupidest State. Why does Kansas seem intent on regaining the crown in 2012?

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0day 1 year, 11 months ago

Agenda 21 is the end of the US as we know it.

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