Sharia and abortion

A bill aimed at stopping Sharia law from being used in courts passed in Kansas:

The Senate passed a bill dubbed “American law for American courts” Friday that would prevent any court in the state from making a ruling based on foreign or religious laws that run counter to the U.S. or Kansas Constitutions.

Since that’s the way things are now, I’m not sure how that changes anything. Anyway, here’s one of the main sponsors:

“I feel like this is going to help women know the rights they have in America,” Mast said Friday. “When the word gets out, women will come into courts in Kansas and the U.S. and seek equal protection.”

Let’s see where she stands on abortion. Yes, she is a strong opponent so I guess she wants women to know they do not have a right to get a referral for an abortion or get insurance that covers it.

Ok, let’s look at more arguments for the bill:

“To me, this is a women’s rights issue,” said Sen. Susan Wagle, R-Wichita. “They stone women to death in countries that have sharia law. They have no rights in court. Female children are treated brutally.”

Sen. Jean Schodorf, R-Wichita, said she had confirmed that criminal actions, such as stoning, are prosecuted in Kansas regardless of the offender’s religion, even without the bill.

Sen. John Vratil, R-Leawood, said he quizzed the bill’s supporters on when a Kansas court had ever based a decision on sharia law and had yet to be provided with an example.

“Ladies and gentleman, this is a solution in search of a problem,” Vratil said.

Wagle cited a divorce in Wichita that was highlighted by Mast earlier in the week in which the husband has entered a Muslim marriage gift, or Sadaq, as evidence in the financial negotiations. That case, which began in 2010, is still pending. The court-appointed guardian ad litem said earlier this week that religion hasn’t been a factor in deciding custody of the couple’s child.

So, all the arguments for the bill are based on misinformation. The obvious intent is to show they don’t like Islam and they’ve gotten that across very well.

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