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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sharia law finally gets its Gold Dome moment


Someone please check the water quality at the Gold Dome. State Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Atlanta, has introduced a Bobby Franklin-esque bill banning the application of foreign laws — such as Sharia law — in Georgia courts. Via Kathleen Baydala Joyner at the Daily Report:

House Bill 45, introduced by Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Atlanta, states "it shall be the public policy of this state to protect its citizens from the application of foreign laws when the application ... will result in the violation of a right guaranteed by the Constitution of this state or of the United States." The bill also would prevent arbitrators or tribunals from enforcing a foreign law that didn't meet constitutional standards.

Jacobs, a lawyer and vice chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told the Fulton County Daily Report the bill would "ban the use of Sharia law in state courts." He acknowledged that he was not aware of any instances in Georgia where a plaintiff or defendant asked the court to apply Sharia law but believes it has happened elsewhere.

"We're seeing more of a feeling that Sharia law should be applied in domestic cases," he said, such as divorces.

One critic interviewed for the lengthy piece said the legislation, though "benign," isn't necessary and appears to be part of the "Islamaphobia wave." Jacobs disagrees and says he hopes the committee process will help improve its language.

As Jim Galloway points out, Jacobs' legislation is one of two bills under the Gold Dome dealing with foreign laws in Georgia courts.

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