Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott just signed into law the House Bill 45, also known as ALAC. The acronym stands for American Laws for American Courts and in layman’s terms, it forbids the use of any kind of foreign law (like Islamic law, Sharia) in Texas courts, with an emphasis on family cases with regard to marriage issues or parent-child relationship matters.
According to one of the bill’s co-authors, Jeff Leach respectively (Rep. Plano), the law is, let me quote:
“vitally important bill to further safeguard and protect our Constitutional rights!”
Similar legislation was introduced in the past but it failed. The lead author of the HB 45, Dan Flynn (Rep. Canton) explained why he insisted for this new bill to be passed into law: presently speaking, Texas courts are routinely applying foreign law in cases concerning child support, divorce orders, property settlements and, more rarely, even spouses who desire to sign agreements to have foreign law applied to domestic disputes.
“My colleagues and I here at the Texas Legislature want to make sure Texas judges never apply foreign law in Texas courts in violation of constitutional rights and the public policy of our state,”
The new HB 45 bill states that US and Texas law supersede any other (foreign) laws and, very important, it blocks state judges from enforcing any foreign law, because doing so, the judges would infringe upon Texas and US constitutional rights.
The HB 45 bill protects litigants in family-law cases, let me quote again:
“against violations of constitutional rights and public policy in the application of foreign law”
under the Constitution (both US and Texas), federal and judicial precedent, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, the Texas Family Code and many others. Even if the bill doesn’t mention any particular foreign law, cultural practice, religion or nation, it is pretty clear that the law is aimed at deterring Islamic tribunals using sharia law.
The UK which has a significant Muslim population boasts over 85 sharia courts (2009 numbers), working mostly from inside mosques and focusing at settling various family disputes (on a voluntary basis) according to religious principles.
It’s pretty sad, really, when something already specified in the U.S. Constitution has to be further codified at the state and/or local level because of imbecilic, un-American /non-American, activist “judges” who seem to think they can shove globalization down our throats by their unilateral acts.
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