Bill To Outlaw Shariah Law Constitutional?
Tennessee Senator, Bill Ketron,, is aiming to make it explicitly illegal to practice Shariah law within the state. This bill he believes will reduce the number of terrorists in the state. Will this do good for the communities in Tennessee or will it provoke more hate from those being scorned? Many opposing the bill are making their voices heard in defense of the constitution.
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According to the bill, Shariah is defined as a "set of rules, precepts, instructions, or edicts which are said to emanate directly or indirectly from the god of Allah or the prophet Mohammed and which include directly or indirectly the encouragement of any person to support the abrogation, destruction, or violation of the United States or Tennessee Constitutions, or the destruction of the national existence of the United States or the sovereignty of this state, and which includes among other methods to achieve these ends, the likely use of imminent violence."
Feb. 14, 2011: Tennessee state Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, speaks about his bill that would require Tennessee voters to show photo identification before they can cast ballots, outside the Senate chamber in Nashville, Tenn. Ketron is a main sponsor of a bill that would make it a felony in Tennessee to follow some versions of the Islamic code known as Shariah. (AP)
The bill continues: "Under this bill, any rule, precept, instruction, or edict arising directly from the extant rulings of any of the authoritative schools of Islamic jurisprudence of Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i, Hanbali, Ja'afariya, or Salafi, as those terms are used by Shariah adherents, is prima facie Shariah without any further evidentiary showing."
Violations of the proposed law would be a Class B felony, punishable by fine and a prison term of up to 15 years. Ketron said he's confident the legislation will be passed when introduced to the state's General Assembly next month.
"I feel personally that we probably have the votes to pass this," he said. "There are so many different arms of Shariah and depending on how people interpret and follow those laws, some become extremists. That's what this bill addresses."