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Brian Nieves: Is GOP Senator's "Civil Liberties" Bill Just Another Anti-Sharia Law Proposal?

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State Senator Brian Nieves is worried about the United Nations, as reflected in his proposed legislation against an international sustainable development agreement from 1992. This U.N pledge is not, however, the only foreign offense threatening Missouri, according to the Republican legislator.

At least it seems that way from his latest bill that opponents say is nothing more than a paranoid, offensive -- and recycled -- proposal to block Sharia law, the religious law of Islam.

"It's been a stunt from the beginning," Sean Soendker Nicholson, executive director of Progress Missouri, tells Daily RFT. "He's demonstrating some sort of disgust with...Islam. There's no actual need for this legislation."

But Nieves says his critics have no idea what they are talking about -- and took to Twitter to vent about it.

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Progress Missouri and Nieves had a lively Twitter debate about Senate Bill 267, which critics say is a clear mirror image of Republican proposals that have cropped up in Missouri in previous years and have been introduced around the country -- all designed to block Sharia law from somehow being imposed on states.

Progress Missouri has done some digging that shows how the language of Nieves' bill is quite similar to the arguments of David Yerushalmi, who has been accused of anti-Muslim bigotry in his arguments that Sharia Law is a major threat to American freedom. (The New York Times has this an-depth story on him.)

"They mirror his model pretty closely," says Nicholson.

As written, SB 267, full version on view below, would create the so-called Civil Liberties Defense Act that "specifies how courts may rule in contractual disputes involving the law of other countries and jurisdictional issues involving other countries." The draft says:

The Missouri general assembly finds that it shall be the public policy of this state to protect its citizens from the application of foreign laws when the application of a foreign law will result in the violation of a right guaranteed by the constitution of this state or of the United States, including, but not limited to, due process, freedom of religion, speech, or press, and any right of privacy.

Here are some excerpts of the tweets Nieves -- who did not return Daily RFT's calls yesterday -- sent about this in response to Progress Missouri:

Continue for more from Progress Missouri and the full draft bill.



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leftcoastforme
leftcoastforme

You should all read the Koran, then you would be able to understand how insidious Islam is. Sharia is the law of the Muslim movement/religion/way of life. You should be better informed before you shoot this bill down. Just take a look at Dear born,Mich.

colepamela70
colepamela70

Why should be use any other country's laws in Missouri? Not so sure this bill is talking about sharia law though. Sharia law discriminates against women giving them one half the inheritance of men. Women do not get any children older than two years old. We surely don't want sharia followed in this state. 

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

Hers is an idea, maybe doing something that actually MATTERS instead of feeding yet more conspiracy theory.  You know, do your JOB Neives instead of acting like a paranoid lunatic.

jhudson
jhudson

@smdrpepper  

And will you still say that when a Muslim man is brought before a Missouri court for murdering his wife, and he claims that it is legal in his country, or according to his religion, because she had shamed him, therefore should not be sentenced accordingly to life or the death penalty for murder?

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

@jhudson @smdrpepper Well here is a classic strawman argument.  It does not matter since murder is still murder, so the exact same thing will happen in your case that has always happened in these sort of cases, namely he would be tried for murder.  There is still no need for an anti shariah law since the law is still VERY clear on this.  Now if he can spin it so a jury agrees with him, that is another thing.  Still no need for anti shariah though since he would be arrested and charged with murder.  Use your brain, your argument is moronic.

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