Tag Archives: Sharia law

Ohio’s Jesus Painting Protection Act Could Allow Discrimination, Child Abuse And Sharia Law

Posted on by

image of actual text of the Bill of RightsThis week House Bill 376 was introduced in the Ohio legislature. I call it the ‘Jesus Painting Protection Act’ but the formal name is ‘Ohio Religious Freedom Restoration Act’. It creates special rights for the ‘religious’ to avoid any law or act by the state or local governments if it is a ‘burden’ on a person’s religious beliefs. This dangerous law could leave children unprotected from abuse, allow discrimination in areas way beyond just same sex marriage, and allow Sharia Law.
Continue reading

Religious Freedom Only Counts If You’re Christian

Posted on by

cartoon showing hypocrisy of those who want unity but exclude MuslimsTwo recent church and state stories once again prove that some Christians in this country only believe religious freedom counts if you’re a Christian. Debate over a Defense Department budget bill in Congress and Hecklers at a Muslim Group’s Event In Tennessee shows there are still people on the wrong side of history. This is why we have to remain vigilant against attempts by bigots to violate the separation of church and state.
Continue reading

Federal Court to Decide on Oklahoma Sharia Ban

Posted on by

Image of a generic angry mob
Supporters of Sharia Law ban
In the 2010 general election, voters in Oklahoma passed a ballot measure that attempts to ban Oklahoma courts from considering Islamic laws in the their decisions. The law was blocked when the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and ACLU sued. They claim the law violates the 1st amendment of the US Constitution, the Oklahoma Constitution, and the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act. This story shows that those who support the ban have a bigoted idea of Sharia law and have little knowledge of what our civil rights actually are.
Continue reading

Oklahoma Seeks to Ban Sharia Law

Posted on by

I am so glad someone is doing something about this (end snark) of course it messes up the meme to mention that Biblical law needs to be banned and probably, based on the text of the release, might mean that courts can’t use British common law as a base for rulings either.

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 15, 2010) – State lawmakers have voted to allow Oklahoma voters to prevent judicial rulings in foreign countries from impacting local court decisions through approval of the “Save Our State” constitutional amendment.

The proposed amendment declares that courts “shall not consider international law or Sharia Law.”

Legislation Advances to Prevent Foreign Court Rulings from Impacting Oklahomans’ Rights

So this not only strikes out at Islam but also the United Nations because it would ban entry of any treaty or international law the US is signed on to.

One reason why integrating religion and government is not good

Posted on by

I try to be understanding of cultures formed around religious beliefs. Sometimes those cultures go too far. One is FGM done to women in Egypt and the other is religious justice for “crimes”.

Here is a story I read on the BBC website just today:

According to reports from a small village near the town of Wajid, 250 miles (400km) north-west of the capital, Mogadishu, the woman was taken to the public grounds where she was buried up to her waist.

She was then stoned to death in front of the crowds on Tuesday afternoon.

The judge, Sheikh Ibrahim Abdirahman, said her unmarried boyfriend was given 100 lashes at the same venue.

Under al-Shabab’s interpretation of Sharia law, anyone who has ever been married – even a divorcee – who has an affair is liable to be found guilty of adultery, punishable by stoning to death.

An unmarried person who has sex before marriage is liable to be given 100 lashes.

BBC East Africa correspondent Will Ross says the stoning is at least the fourth for adultery in Somalia over the last year.

Earlier this month, a man was stoned to death for adultery in the port town of Merka, south of Mogadishu.

His pregnant girlfriend was spared, until she gives birth.

Somali woman stoned for adultery

I particularly found the bit about how anyone who has ever been married – even a divorcee – can be stoned for adultery to be creepy.

Just another reason I am glad I am a non-believer and can live in country that has a secular government and I wouldn’t want that to change. That’s why I support separation of church and state.