WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A measure to ban the use of foreign laws in
domestic courtrooms is progressing in Florida's statehouse, one of
dozens of similar efforts across the country that critics call an
unwarranted campaign driven by fear of Muslims.
Forty such bills are being pursued in 24 states, according to a tally by
the National Conference of State Legislatures, a movement opponents
call a response to a made-up threat of Shariah law, the Islamic legal
code that covers many areas of life. Backers of the bills say they fill a
glaring hole in legal protections for Americans.
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