Gov. Rick Scott Could Sign Stupid "Anti-Sharia Law" Bill Because... America

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This past legislative session was a rare productive period for your usually fractious Florida lawmakers. Not only did the state's representatives pass meaningful legislation; they somehow managed to do so without going full tilt into the Red State shenanigans that usually make Florida a punch line on The Daily Show. Well... almost.

Among the first 58 pieces of legislation that were passed along to Rick Scott last Thursday was Senate Bill 386, a mundane-sounding piece on foreign law that's actually nothing more than a jingoist chest bump.

The proposed law addresses the "Application of Foreign Law in Courts." In the text, it basically says a Florida court can't cite foreign law when it goes against public policy in family law cases... which is basically what the law already allows.

But although it doesn't mention the world "Sharia," the legislation was meant as a direct response to fears over damned liberals pressing Islam on your innocent country and making your daughters wear burkas.

Or something like that. Back in 2011, a Tampa judge ruling on a case involving a local mosque cited "Ecclesiastical Islamic Law." Conservative noisemakers online went HAM, accusing the court of opening the door for a Muslim takeover of the red, white, and blue. Hence the law.

What hit the Legislature this year -- proposed by Sen. Alan Hays and Rep. Larry Metz -- was a watered-down version of what was originally proposed. Regardless, the fact that the legislation was a knee-jerk jingoist move prompted a strong response. Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Council on American-Islamic Relations fought the bill. And when the legislation was passed, Democrats nearly all voted against it, 24-14 in the Senate, 78-40 in the House.

Somehow, the vote tally added up to something different for WesternJournalism.com, a mostly forgettable mouthpiece for bad info, slant, and neanderthal conservatism. Following the bill's passage, the website ran a headline proclaiming "Florida Democrats Just Voted to Impose Sharia Law on Women."

Which is, uh, an interesting way to look at it. When PolitiFact got ahold of that claim, it tore the website a new one, handing out a "Pants on Fire" label.

It's all fun and games... until your governor actually signs this thing into law. Sure, it's only a effete symbolic gesture with no real muscle. That said, how many more black eyes can Florida handle? We've already got a good number of shiners going; think we should probably avoid any more for the time being?



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riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

We need just one of the  Sharia Laws. If anyone needs to be hidden behind a burka, it's that face with the shit eating grin from Tallahassee.

moosemyfrnds
moosemyfrnds

I wonder why Michelle Obama is not speaking out about 500 young girls kidnapped in Egypt. O that is right, Egypt does not support the muslims brotherhood, but michelle does

moosemyfrnds
moosemyfrnds

So, tell me why does CAIR and Democrats support Radical Islam? Top Democrats are connected to Al-Qaeda, Syrian Rebels, Boko Haram, Muslims Brotherhood, controlling Free speech in the United States in regards to religion, and Sharia Law enforcement. The Democrats controlled State Department repeatedly declined placing terrorist linked militant groups on the official list of foreign terrorist organizations. Once again, tell me why you also support Radical Islam?

Lauren Devine
Lauren Devine

Floridians should be more scared of Rick Scott.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

We have freedom of religion, as long as its christian..  Damn, can we do without this stupidity already?

riverrat69
riverrat69 topcommenter

@moosemyfrnds Tell me why you support radical ignorance and stupidity?  Beam yourself back to the Delta Quadrant and take the rest of your ignorant frightwingnut brigade with you.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

@moosemyfrnds Absolutely no one is supporting radical anything..your paranoia is showing though.  There is no grand conspiracy to secretly make everyone into a muslim so there is no reason to restrict freedom of religion to all those who are not christian.

moosemyfrnds
moosemyfrnds

@smdrpepper  you sound like a bitter person, even CAIR works to see that you have rights. go back to the middle east and find something else to hate

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