Tennessee is considering a bill that would make it “a felony to follow some versions of the Islamic code known as Shariah.”
Can anyone provide a link to the text of this bill?
Not looking for a debate about the right/wrong of this, just wondering how this could possibly be made to work, and why it’s felt to be necessary.
In the “how could it work” department, opponents reportedly fear it could outlaw things like praying 5x a day, eschewing alcohol, and religious fasting. How could a law conceivably be written so as to force people not to pray, or to make them eat three squares a day and drink a couple of beers?
In the “why is it felt to be necessary department,” presumably there are aspects of Shariah law that many people feel should be outlawed, such as execution for committing apostasy, or amputation of the hand(s) for committing theft. But such actions, when committed outside of the official US legal system, are already regarded as murder and assault, and are already illegal. Assuming the proposed TN law addresses these issues, what would it accomplish?
Finally, the article mentions a law passed in Oklahoma that bans the use of Shariah law in state courtrooms there. That law is currently being challenged but if it stands, what does it accomplish? aren’t juries and judges in US courts already required to follow US laws?