A bill that was before the South Carolina Statehouse that would have made it illegal for Muslims to use Sharia law to defend crimes they commit was narrowly defeated in the Senate last week.
The Post and Courier reports:
The measure, sponsored by Charleston Republican Rep. Chip Limehouse, would have prevented an attorney from arguing that the laws of a client’s home country allow for certain actions in South Carolina.
“I’m not surprised,” Limehouse said of the bill’s failure to advance. “The Senate can be the graveyard of many good ideas.”
Limehouse said the measure was needed to curb the advancement of terrorist organizations in the country.
“Ask the people in France,” he added. “Ask the people in Belgium what they think about laws that would limit the use of Sharia law (as a defense in court). To me a ban on Sharia law is kind of like a ban on poisonous gas. It just makes sense.”
Sharia law is the legal framework where the public and some private aspects of life are regulated under legal systems based on Islam. The bill passed the House 68-42 in January.
But the bill failed to get past the Senate Judiciary Committee, dying on a 9-10 vote Wednesday.
The bill was, in essence, killed for at least one year before it can be brought back up again.
According to Sen. Ronnie Sabb (D-Williamsburg), who was one of the committee members who helped defeat the bill, “I couldn’t, in good conscience, support what it represents. A law like this sends us backwards.”
Backwards? How is that? Isn’t allowing unlawful appeals to foreign gods and foreign laws going backwards? I’m talking the apostasy kind of backwards here.
“Yes. What could be more forward-thinking than stonings for adultery, amputations for theft, murder of apostates, and the institutionalized subjugation of women and non-Muslims? It’s the wave of the future!”
Frankly, as one who lives in the U.S.-occupied state of South Carolina, I don’t even see why such a ban is necessary. Our laws were based upon the Law of God. As such, any attempt to appeal to other gods or laws is not only against the true and living God, but also against the laws and the people of South Carolina. Such lawlessness should be quickly and summarily by punished with justice, not allowed to be excused.