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'Anti-Sharia' bill dies in Senate

A bill that squared Muslims and Jews against several members of the Legislature is dead for this session.

SB 1360, which critics say targets Muslims, would have voided marriage, divorce and custody disputes grounded in foreign law.

The measure did not come up for a vote in the Senate, although the House bill passed by

a 92-24 margin.Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, the bill's sponsor, advanced the controversy by distributing booklets to other senators titled "Shari'ah Law: Radical Islam's threat to the U.S. Constitution."

Other groups also gave out anti-Sharia posters in the Capitol last week, prompting protests from Muslims, Jews and Christians. They argued the bill is unnecessary and offensive.

Hays and Rep. Larry Metz, R-Eustis, the House sponsor, say the bill doesn't single out a single religion.

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Hassan

Brittany, are you sure, I just called and they said session is still open, can you please contact me to clarify. Number is 813-541-4321

Manny

Senator Hays is an evil and complete moron. If you aren't white then Hays doesn't give a rats ass about you

Chris

The FL Senate is still in session. S 1360 is not dead. I hope the Miami Herald updates this blog post to reflect this.

Jes

Liberal media, disinformation and Islamic propaganda as usual.

Abdel

I guess CAIR, the terrorist co-conspirators are behind this. Time to investigate that terrorist outfit.

Jes

"squared Muslims and Jews against several members" ? What does any of this have to do with Jews? You dont even try to hide your anti-semitic, Islamic agenda.

Santiago Matamoros

Why would anyone resist shari'a? It's firmly grounded in equality for all, regardless of creed or gender.

Isn't it?

"The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter . . . " (Qur'an 5:33).

Ibn Kathir says of this verse: "'Wage war' mentioned here means, oppose and contradict, and it includes disbelief, blocking roads and spreading fear in the fairways. Mischief in the land refers to various types of evil." So, Muhammad requires execution, crucifixion, or cutting off hands and feet from opposite sides for "disbelief."

Infidel Task Force

does anyone have an update yet? I heard this newspaper has a habit of lying to the public.

RCCA

It's like reporting early election results to discourage voters from voting.

Infidel Task Force

Here is the classic example of how your media, your freedom of the press has shifted so far to the left, it has no compulsion about lying to you!!

wri7913

"SB 1360, which critics say targets Muslims, would have voided marriage, divorce and custody disputes grounded in foreign law."

If Muslims are not willing to follow US Constitutional laws why are they here? Why do they willingly take the Oath to be a United States citizen if they have no intention of following US law they have sworn themselves too?

Regardless, SB1360 will guarantee that Shariah Laws will never be followed here in the US. The recent court case in PA where an assault case was dismissed by a "Muslim" judge in violation of US court law is a prime example of WHY Florida needs SB1360. That judge should be thrown out on his butt.

It is obvious what the Miami Herald's agenda is when they announce a bill dead while the session is still going on. I suppose We should rename this paper to the "CAIR Miami Herald".

Steve

If this anti-sharia bill doesn't go through, we all know it is because Senator MIGUEL DIAZ DE LA PORTILLA opposed it, and thereby also acted against the will of the people of Florida.
Please remember that in the coming elections and make sure he won't be reelected.
Also please remember those who supported this bill.

AnisahD

Apparently many of your readers FAIL to realize many Muslims don't have to "take an oath" any more than your readers "take an oath" to become citizens, since they and their parents and their grandparents... etc etc were BORN in the US! This bigotry and hate is so amazing.

I don't have to PROVE my citizenship any more than some 10 commandment preaching person! I also don't think that person would like to know that the "foreign law" issue also refers to the 10 commandments!

And in case your readers fail to realize HOW the Jews are affected and why they'd be upset... their religious laws are "Foreign" too and the "religious codes" refer to their religious lifestyle as well. So while the bigots thought they'd be able to blindly attack "religious codes" to go after Muslims, they also went after the 10 Commandments and Jewish laws, as well as any other religious laws coming from the other continents.

Santiago Matamoros

@Anisah

Your mendacity is embarrassingly-transparent.

The Ten Commandments -- along with the rest of the Bible -- are the foundation of Western Civilization, both of which your coreligionists have long worked to destroy.

Instead of demonizing Americans for wanting to defend their YHWH-given rights, you ought to be demonstrating from Qur'an, ahadith, and sira how shari'a is murderously-opposed to Western ideals of morality, Liberty, and equality.

Stop trying to divert attention from the illiterate and demoniacal ravings of an anti-Semitic, seventh-century, genocidal pedophile.

Helene

I am Jewish. Please do not lump me with those opposing SB1360. I am livid that CAIR pulled out all their guns to stop the legislation. I am appalled at this newspaper's covering of this issue. Sharia law would invalidate our constitution. Jewish law and Canon law do not usurp the constitution.

ARNOLD  CARL  TAPP

>>> ATTENTION > ALARM > WARNING <<<
SHITARIA LAW IS COMPLETELY OPPOSE TO AMERICA LAW AND HAS NO PLACE IN ANY COURT, HOME OR TOILET OF AMERICA. ANY JUDGE WHO CONSIDERS shitaria OR ALLOWS IT IN HIS COURT MJST BE IMPEACHED AND KICKED OFF THE BENCH AS A TRAITOR TO AMERICA.THERE IS ONLY ONE MAN WHO HAS PLEDGED TO BAN shitaria AND INDICT THE TERRORIST CONNECTED muslim ORGANIZATIONS. THAT MAN IS NEWT GINGRICH .
---------------------NEWT FOR AMERICA --------------

Wri7913

AnishD

Why are you bringing Jews into this discussion? I am aware that Ahmed Bedier stated in his memo that this would affect both Muslims and Jews. This is patently false. Many Jewish and Christian religious rulings are strictly civil matters. Islamic Laws are completely different. Shariah Law applies to both Muslim and Non-Muslim making these laws obligatory even for those who do not follow Islam. They deal with all range of matters from Civil to Criminal, even down to the way you wipe your butt or which hand you wipe it with. This is the reality of Shariah Law.

To be honest, I am not all that crazy about ANY religious laws being used in our Court System, PERIOD!! I think they should be heavily discouraged and have everyone follow US Constitutional Law. It is the Law of the land and should be followed by ALL US citizens.

AnishD, You are correct in that you don't have to "prove" your citizenship, but you DO have to follow US Constitutional Law. Apparently you fail to understand this vital fact. You can come to the US and be a Muslim, provided that you follow US Constitutional Law. This means you can't practice gender discrimination, polygamy, wife beatings, amputations, hangings, bigotry and racism and many other things that Muslims are so fond of in the Middle East.

Wri7913

If the case in Pennsylvania that was judged by Mark Martin is any indication of how Muslim Judges will rule in court, then they should be prevent from doing so.

This judge should be impeached and disbarred for his handling of this case. This is a travesty of justice.

American Mohammad

To my respected Bigots on this site.
If you think the people behind these attempts are going to limit their attacks on Muslims, think again.

The fact that most of you Bigots forget, is that the US Constitution IS the law of the land. Within that great document is THE FREEDOM TO PRACTICE YOUR RELIGION without fear of the rest of the society, granted that you are following the law of the land, and that you are not harming anyone. That is why a Rajneesh could have a religion in Oregon, just like Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists or Mormons can have a faith as well.

The Sharia Law is a smoke in mirrors, it is a code for wanting to LEGALLY discriminate against a group and getting away with it. Sharia only applies to ISLAMIC societies, where Islam is the main and dominant religion. It hasn't been applied as a law since the colonization of the Islamic countries by the Europeans. It doesn't affect any US Citizen, except in areas protected by the US Constitution. Those areas mainly cover custody disputes and business arbitration. It is for that reason that it also affect Jewish followers (and maybe others), as it would've banned arbitration that is based on faith, and which is allowed under the constitution.

Your mad dash to attack the groups that are defeating these measures doesn't hide your desire to erase any Islamic presence from your societies. Well guess what, Muslims ARE citizens of this great democracy, and will use the same tools available to the rest of the society ,to protect and further their religion. They are NOT going anywhere, they have a claim to this country as the rest of you. They are American first and Muslim second, and therefore, they don't owe you any justification, explanation or apologies for anything they do that is protected by the law. You attack their faith, they will counter attack by using the same law you targeted them with. That is what makes this great country of ours unique ... the Law.

Maybe you all should attempt to learn more about your Muslim neighbors, exchange ideas, meals and visits with them, and ask them about their faith, you might be surprised about how much in common you all have. You should also learn who is truly behind these measures, what are their agendas and what will stop them.

Here is an article to start you:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/us/31shariah.html?pagewanted=all

Your non-bigoted Moslim neighbor

Wri7913

American Mohammad,

Nice and groovy response but it falls on its face for several reasons. There are already measures being instituted in various organizations to curb free speech. The same First Amendment that protects your right to practice your religion also protects my rights to mock Mohammad as a pedophile mass murderer. According to the OIC (Organization of Islamic Countries) which consists of 57 Islamic countries, I am not allowed to defame or mock Mohammad or I face the consequences. People in the UK are already facing this as this article illustrates http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/Gainsborough-man-jailed-anti-Islam-images-flat/story-15455418-detail/story.html. This is due to the 16/17 Resolution which has been called the "Blasphemy" Resolution.

Second is that the First Amendment does protect your freedom to practice your religion. But as many have found out already, there are limits. Anything you want to do within your religion must also be legal by US Court Laws. Mormons cannot practice Polygamy as US Laws do now allow it. Satanic worshippers are free to practice their religion but still cannot kill people without facing punishments in the US Court System. By the same token, muslims cannot practice gender discrimination, polygamy, pedophilia, wife beatings, amputations, hangings, bigotry and racism even though their religion permits it. As long as they follow US Laws while practicing their religion, then they have no problems from me.

As we have seen from recent court case in PA, I suspect there will be plenty of problems. Judge Mark Martin claimed the defendant in a court case who assaulted someone for portraying "Zombie Mohammad" was innocent despite video evidence and police eyewitness statement. The defendant was released because "according to Muslim laws, the man would be free to assault the defamation (ie Freedom of Speech) of Islam.

Wri7913

American Mohammad,

Sure lets see who is behind the forces opposing SB1360. Here are a few to get you started.

Ahmed Bedier - http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2377

CAIR - http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6176

Hassan Shibly - Executive Director of CAIR Tampa who has expressed support for Hamas and Hezbollah.

Santiago Matamoros

@Mohammad

The Constitution is not a suicide pact, and Islam is not a "religion."

Genocide, pedophilia, rape, slavery, sedition, and treason in Allah's name -- and just as Muhammad preached and practiced -- are not protected forms of "religious expression."

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