Friday, January 14, 2011

Texas State Rep. Urges 'Religious Or Cultural Law' Ban

No place serves up cracked nuts like Texas:

Texas state Rep. Leo Berman (R), last seen getting shellacked by Anderson Cooper over his birther bill, is pushing a state constitutional amendment that would prevent Texas courts from considering "religious or cultural law" when handing down rulings.

Though the amendment doesn't specifically say anything about sharia law -- like a recently-blocked law in Oklahoma does, for example -- Berman said of the resolution: "A lot of federal courts are referring to international courts and laws of other countries. We want to make sure our courts are not doing this, especially in regards to cultural laws. If that includes Sharia law, then so be it."

The resolution says: "A court of this state shall uphold the laws of the Constitution of the United States, this Constitution, federal laws, and laws of this state. A court of this state may not enforce, consider, or apply any religious or cultural law." 


 Ahem (Steve sings, badly, of course)

How do you solve a problem like Sharia, ...

Aw, come on, Rep. Berman. You're not only a bastard, you're a stupid bastard, and apparently think the rest of us are stupid, too. This proposal is as unconstitutional as hell. You know it as surely as we do. And there's no remote possibility in Texas that a court would resolve a case explicitly according to sharia law. Yours is a purely political gesture, born of ignorance and aimed at your ignorant supporters. I can only hope you are defeated next election.


  1. err One Nation Under God?

    So much for the Ten Commandments too I suppose!

  2. Right in one, Jams.

    Let him introduce it in the Lege and then the Dems can attack him for abandoning the "Judeo-Christian roots" of the "Yuuuuu Esssssss of AAAAAA". Except that Dems would actually just stand around muttering "what a maroon".

  3. jams, the "under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance (which is not an official document of any kind; it's a 20th-century invention) when I was in elementary school. For a long time, no one, including my teachers, could remember to say those words. Finally they started leading the daily Pledge centrally from the school P.A. system; that's the only thing that finally embedded those words in our memories.

  4. Bryan, as someone remarked recently, Dems in Texas expected to be in quite a different position by now... majority in the Lege, occupying the Gov's seat, etc. ... but somehow things didn't work out that way. Apart from their constant internal struggles, Texas Dems don't seem to have a clue how to play hardball partisan politics, and I don't expect to see that happen in my lifetime.

  5. You guys always have a place here in CA, when Texas passes a mass lobotomy law.



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