According to recent reports, Alabama has just passed an amendment to the state’s Constitution that bans foreign law from being used in Alabama courts.
“I put in about three years of work on it,” claims Eric Johnston, the Birmingham attorney who drafted the amendment. “We were just trying to do something legal, not political.”
The amendment passed by 72 percent to 28 percent, after being sponsored by State Senator Gerald Allen. Johnston claims that the amendment has a wider application than banning Sharia law. He also maintains that the bill does not undermine the religious rights of Muslims, but simply prevents lawyers from using the religious law as a selling point in court cases.
“Your constitutional rights are not affected by it,” Johnston confirmed. “We’ve got a religious freedom amendment in Alabama. All it says is pay attention to the religious freedom amendment. Women’s rights are compromised by Sharia rights if a lawyer in a custody case says, ‘Islam requires you to do this.’ It’s a help to judges. It doesn’t create any new laws.
What do you think? Is the amendment perfectly justified?