Archive for Friday, May 18, 2012

Groups urge veto of anti-Sharia law bill

Imam Omar Hazim of Topeka speaks Friday against a bill that targets Sharia law. Several Muslim groups have called on Gov. Sam Brownback to veto the legislation.

Imam Omar Hazim of Topeka speaks Friday against a bill that targets Sharia law. Several Muslim groups have called on Gov. Sam Brownback to veto the legislation.

May 18, 2012


— Muslims gathered at the Statehouse on Friday saying that Kansans have nothing to fear from Sharia law and urged Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a bill that targets the religious principles of Islam.

About 20 Muslims attended a news conference to denounce Senate Bill 79 which would make unenforceable any court decision based on a foreign law or code.

The bill doesn't mention Sharia law, but during debate several legislators have said that was their concern.

“They stone women to death in countries that have Sharia law,” Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, said during debate last week. “If you vote to not adopt (the bill), it’s a vote against women," she said.

The measure sailed through the House, 120-0, and Senate, 33-3.

But Muslim civil rights groups said the legislation, similar to measures introduced in other states, was discriminatory, unconstitutional and meant to demonize American Muslims.

Riyaz M. Lareef, director of outreach of the Kansas City chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America, said, "Muslims understand that the law of this country is the American Constitution."

Imam Omar Hazim of Topeka said Sharia law wasn't being forced on anyone and followers of Sharia are good Muslims and good citizens.

"This country was founded on freedom of religion," he said.

Brownback has not said whether he will sign the bill into law. "As with all legislation approved by the Kansas Legislature and sent to the governor, he will carefully review and consider the bill," said Brownback's spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag.

Groups that have called for Brownback to veto the bill include the Council of American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Circle of North America and the Muslim American Society.


FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

"And all of this for a damn flag."

Why doesn't Kansas take the lead of the first family?

'Good grief'


Flap Doodle 1 year, 11 months ago

Death penalty for apostasy in Kansas?


esteshawk 1 year, 11 months ago

Good grief, what a useless law, unless the purpose is to distract scared people from real issues.


Cait McKnelly 1 year, 11 months ago

New title for the article: "Kansas Legislature Fiddles While the State Burns"


juma 1 year, 11 months ago

I would just like to say that all the bloggers who have not lived in a moslem country: please shut the up. This includes the Imam Omar; what a joke this guy is. I mean, what does he know about islam; nothing. He is so typical of AA that for some misguided and ignorant reason think islam is all to do about Africa. It is not.


gudpoynt 1 year, 11 months ago

What's the matter with Kansas?

Stupid Kansans.


pigballin 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey Muslims and any other way out un Ameraicans,,This is the USA. This country has it's own law. Want your Sharia law ?Then get the f-- out of the country and don't show your head again here.


FarneyMac 1 year, 11 months ago

The Bible allows stoning women, too, Wagle. Can we please ban that hate book already, too?


booyalab 1 year, 11 months ago

I am against political Islam and attempts to spread it but this all seems like a sideshow to me. If we get to the point where we need the law, it's probably too late.


markoo 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow, the crowd of bigots and/or fearmongering wingers have come out in full force for this one.

You can all rest easy and come out underneath your beds, kids, now that this is law.

Actually, umm, you really didn't need to hide and be so scawred in the first pwace. This was a complete, asinine law that was moot to begin with. The only laws that our state has ever had to abide by were that of our state and U.S. Constitutional laws. And that's it, kids. It was never threatened, and any judge in Wichita or elsewhere who would have even thought of ruling in favor of someone based on some other country or cultural sect would have been easily overturned.

Those who are yelling "sign it!!!" with a pitchfork in your hand either haven't thought this through and need others to think for you, or have bought into the ridiculously obvious election year fearmongering ploy by the extreme right wingers running our state. Or both. In any case, it's pathetic.


Liberal 1 year, 11 months ago

Here are a couple of section of this bill...

Sec. 2. As used in this act, "foreign law," "legal code" or "system" means any law, legal code or system of a jurisdiction outside of any state or territory of the United States, including, but not limited to, international organizations and tribunals and applied by that jurisdiction’s courts, administrative bodies or other formal or informal tribunals.

Sec. 7. Nothing in this act shall be construed to allow a court to: (a) Adjudicate or prohibit any religious organization from deciding upon ecclesiastical matters of a religious organization, including, but not limited to, the selection, appointment, calling, discipline, dismissal, removal or excommunication of a member, member of the clergy, or other person who performs ministerial functions; or (b) determine or interpret the doctrine of a religious organization, including, but not limited to, where adjudication by a court would violate the prohibitions of the religion clauses of the first amendment to the constitution of the United States, or violate the constitution of the state of Kansas.

I see nothing wrong here, It may assist us preventing what is happening in the Netherlands.


hujiko 1 year, 11 months ago

Sharia? Sounds foreign and scary to me. I'll just stick to my evangelical christian beliefs and bomb another abortion clinic.


midwest_muser 1 year, 11 months ago

Anyone of any faith that objects to American laws being enforced regardless of one's religion or ethnicity should leave ASAP.


juma 1 year, 11 months ago

Islam and sharia law are one and the same. These mohammedans live by a code called sharia law. It is an outdated and sinister belief and we (the rational world) need to outlaw this behavior. I always have to laugh when mohammedans start talking about peace and how the current wave of islamic terrorism is not islam. Oh yes it is!


Robert Rauktis 1 year, 11 months ago

These guys and girls fix phony issues instead of fix potholes .


Glenn Reed 1 year, 11 months ago

I want to be protected from Sharia Law. I want to be protected from Vatican Law.

If this bill protects us from Sharia Law because it's not from america, then it would protect us from Vatican Law because that's from Rome.

Is my reasoning right?


FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 11 months ago

Sign the bill with the 'caveat' that 'Complex intellectual Liberals' can be prosecuted with Sharia if the Judge wants to.


Katara 1 year, 11 months ago

Signing this asinine bill into law will simply lead the state into yet another lawsuit.

The Oklahoma law was already overturned as unconstitutional.


Abdu Omar 1 year, 11 months ago

Muslims simply don't want to be castigated or objects of discrimination. Their religion has been hijacked by terrorists and extremists and Muslims are hurt by their actions. Most Muslims have never heard of or met a terrorist as they are not part of the mainstream, they are hidden in their cloistered enclave and plan their actions in secret and with the devil himself. They are not considered to be Muslim at all as Islam prohibits terrorism or the mass killing of innocents.


jonas_opines 1 year, 11 months ago

It must be tough to live in such fear of people that are not like you in some small fashions.

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"

Replace "Sharia" with "Christianity" and I suspect a number of people would be singing quite a different tune here.


JayhawksandHerd 1 year, 11 months ago

The United States has no official language at the federal level. It's not up to Brownback to make that call.


citizen1 1 year, 11 months ago

I do not believe for a second the words of those objecting to this law.

If they really wanted to live under the US Constitution & its supporting laws they would not be concerned about the fact that Sharia or any other "non-US Constitutional" law is legally outlawed from applying here in Kansas, or anywhere in the US.

We should also have a law stating English is the official language in the US & Kansas for all commerce, education and any official or public communication.

Governor Brownback please sign the law.


Shane Garrett 1 year, 11 months ago

I for one am glad that there is now a state law with wording that says no court decision based on a foreign law or code. From what I have seen from foreign countries their laws are some what antiquated. Besides I would not like to have my head slowly removed by a sharp object.


Richard Payton 1 year, 11 months ago

Sharia law requires you eat with your right hand but clean yourself with your left hand. Forget that I'm American I'll eat with whatever hand I want that's freedom.


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