Shariah law ban violates no constitutional right

February 21, 2011 

I take offense at The (Rock Hill) Herald editorial published Feb. 14, wherein I and many other patriotic residents of South Carolina are accused of being a "threat to Constitutional principles" because we support the "South Carolina Law for South Carolina Courts" bill.

We are against the encroachment of any foreign law or doctrine, such as that represented by Islamic Shariah law, when they are a threat to the stated public policies and basic constitutional rights of South Carolina residents. That encroachment is the threat to our constitutional values, not the people who stand in defense of them.

Note that the editorial does not dare try to defend Shariah law. The editorial states, "(Shariah law) can't happen here." The editorial is wrong about how the bill would affect harmless Islamic practices, such as asking to be buried with your head "pointing to Mecca."

The bill states: "Any court, arbitration, tribunal or administrative agency ruling or decision that violates the public policy of this state shall be void and unenforceable." Only foreign laws or doctrines that violate stated public policies will not be recognized. A will that requests a corpse point toward Mecca does not violate the public policy of South Carolina, and therefore, this proposed bill would not prevent such wishes from being honored.

The bill is a necessary preventative step. All it takes is one decision, one precedent, to open the way for other Shariah-compliant practices to be given legitimacy.

Brian Treacy

Hardeeville

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