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ALERT! Christian Family Coalition (CFC), announces second legislative priority for 2013 Florida legislative session!  
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Christian Family Coalition (CFC), announces second legislative priority for 2013 Florida legislative session

 

MIAMI-Today, the Christian Family Coalition (CFC), Florida's premiere human rights and social justice organization, announced the second of its two legislative priorities for the 2013 Florida legislative session.

American Laws for American Courts

The Problem:

Islamic law has been applied in state courts in certain circumstances. Objections to the application foreign law have primarily come from Muslim women and children, who petitioned the court to preserve their Constitutional Rights. The Washington, DC-based Center for Security Policy in a 2011 report, Sharia Law and American Courts: an Assessment of state Appellate Court Cases, found 50 cases involving sharia law in more than 23 states including 4 in Florida. At the trial court level 15 cases found Sharia to be applicable; at the Appellate Court Level, 12.

What is American Laws for American Courts (ALAC)?

The objective of ALAC is to ensure that Florida’s state courts will not apply any foreign law or foreign legal doctrine if the application of that foreign law or foreign legal doctrine would result in the violation of a party’s Constitutional Rights.

States' Experience

Currently, four states (4), Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee have passed American Laws for American Courts.

Action in the Florida legislature

ALAC was filed in the Florida legislature on Monday, January 21st 2013 by Rep. Larry Metz in the Florida House and on Monday, November 19th, 2012 by Sen. Alan Hays in the Florida Senate.

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