North Carolina Passes Anti-Sharia Law
North Carolina has enacted a bill banning its judges from considering Islamic law in some court rulings.
The legislation passed without Gov. Pat McCrory signing it. He called the bill “unnecessary” but still did not veto it, so it became the law of the state on Sunday.
North Carolina is now the seventh state to pass anti-sharia legislation, following Kansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arizona, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
Predictably, some Muslims were outraged. Jibril Hough, a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte, said, “The intent behind this law is bigoted and it is intended to alienate the Muslim community.” Khalilah Sabra, executive director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the Muslim American Foundation in Raleigh, added, “These bogus attempts to defile Islam have a negative effect on Muslim youth who feel marginalized and discriminated against.”
The North Carolina law is less comprehensive than laws in other states, as it is restricted to family law and does not affect commercial law, contract law, and other assorted laws.