Of course that's a play on the famous quote from The Omega Man, but in Florida this anti-Sharia thing is somehow on the verge of passing, thanks to our friends at the Christian Family Coalition:
Foreign laws would be banned in Florida courts for certain family-related cases, under a bill the Senate sent to the House on Monday.It would be difficult to come up with a more asinine, unnecessary, and retrograde law than this one, but I continue to be surprised and remember -- the session is not yet over.
The Senate voted 24-14 to approve the proposal (SB 386) by Umatilla Republican Alan Hays, who has pushed various versions of the measure the past few years.
The bill would restrict courts and arbitration tribunals from applying foreign law and legal codes to matters of divorce, alimony, division of marital assets, child support and child custody.
The proposal is more defined than last year’s effort, which got House support but failed to advance in the Senate.
But then someone said something intelligent:
Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, said she opposed the bill because foreign laws have never been implemented in Florida courts or any other state.Wink wink:
Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, added that the bill appears neutral but the perception is that it targets certain religious groups in Florida.
“There are individuals who feel this bill targets them,” Thompson said. “It has caused unnecessary polarization.”
The bill doesn’t mention Sharia or any other specific foreign law, which Senate staff believes strengthens the measure against legal challenges.Seriously?
“As religion is not mentioned at all, the court will deem it facially neutral,” the staff review said.
Who you gonna believe -- me or your lying Islamaphobic eyes?