"Islamophobes in the Florida state legislature, namely Sen. Alan Hays, must think that THE FOURTH time is the charm.
After anti-Shariah legislation was defeated in 2011, 2012, AND 2013, Florida lawmakers Larry Metz and Alan Hays are at it again, peddling laws to restrict OUR religious freedom.
These cleverly-worded bills focus on family law, but are targeted specifically against Muslims and impact the religious family laws of everyone—Muslims, Christians and Jews. If passed, these anti-Shariah laws would restrict and/or deny the use of religious law for matters involving marriage, divorce, and child custody.
Florida state senators Alan Hays and Greg Evers have sponsored SB 58: Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases. Florida representative Larry Metz sponsored the companion HB 351. We need your help to defeats these bills.
“The Legislature's leadership should block this legislation because it is legally unwarranted and morally abhorrent,” said David Barkey, counsel for Anti-Defamation League, in the Tampa Tribune.
Do not allow state legislators to use the politics of hate and foxy ploys to limit your religious freedoms. It was your support that defeated anti-Shariah laws in years past. In 2013… prejudice and bigotry have no place in our country."
The movement to ban the practices of the Muslim faith, or Sharia, is an Unconstitutional assault on our religious liberty. CAIR Florida has defeated the effort to ban Sharia and thereby restrict religious freedom for the last three years running!
Update 11/8/2014: Sen. Alan Hays, has filed anti-Muslim legislation that is masked as a vague law that simply protects from the application of "foreign laws" in Florida courts.
The bills language includes:
"Application of Foreign Law in Certain Cases; Specifying the public policy of this state on the application of a foreign law, legal code, or system in proceedings brought under or relating to chapter 61 or chapter 88, F.S., which relate to dissolution of marriage, support, time-sharing, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act; providing for the construction of a waiver by a natural person of the person’s fundamental liberties, rights, and privileges guaranteed by the State Constitution or the United States Constitution, etc."