Georgia is the latest state legislature to fight against the creeping threat in America of Sharia law. (And you thought women having "consequence-free" sex was bad.) It joins South Carolina, Wyoming, Texas, Oklahoma, and others in trying to take a courageous stance against... the Taliban in America? Our Islamic overlords? Who knows. But ladies, they have your best interests at heart.
For the origins of this paranoia that Muslim religious law is about to imposed on our courts, check out TPM's investigation. It began with an obsession with the supposed radicals among American Muslims, seized on by politicians like Rep. Peter King and Newt Gingrich and fueling obsessions with the president's secret Muslim identity and the Ground Zero Mosque.
Among the rationales for spending time passing laws banning Sharia law in places where its encroachment is empirically nonexistent: Protecting women.
Recently, Rep. Louie Gohmert lamented, "The biggest shock out of all of this is that the women's liberation groups have not just gone berserk over this creep into our society that diminishes women as it does." (This is the same Congressman who said repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell would be a threat to America's "existence."
Advocates point to a single case last year in New Jersey where a judge said a Moroccan husband abusing his wife was simply acting in accordance with his religion. (That judge's ruling was later overturned.) The woman's lawyer said "Clearly here, this judge did walk down that road. He may not have said 'Shariah law.' But I think it's indicative that, in trying to be respectful of religion, judges venture into a very slippery slope." And the director of JihadWatch said, ""The only legal framework that would not consider marital rape to be sexual assault is Shariah." Others disputed that characterization of Islamic law.
Dana Perino also said late last year that Shariah law allows for "stoning and spousal abuse."
This, indeed, is part of the rationale in Georgia. Just ask the Republican legislator who proposed the ban:
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.
The leap between debating cultural and religious norms to these laws being imposed on Real America has been one that Republicans' alone have made. But how touching to see their concern for women's safety and bodily integrity, so consistently applied!
Lawyers Speak Against Ga. Bill That Bans Use of Foreign Laws in State Courts [Fulton County Daily Report]
Related: The War On Sharia Started Long Before You Ever Heard Of The Ground Zero Mosque [TPM]
Advocates of Anti-Shariah Measures Alarmed by Judge's Ruling [Fox News]