American Laws for American Courts
Sharia, 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. ALAC is designed to protect individual, fundamental constitutional rights. In as much as Sharia is compatible with individual fundamental constitutional rights, there is no conflict. If Sharia is not compatible with individual fundamental constitutional rights, then conflicts could indeed arise, because in America we must abide by the US constitution.
Where has ALAC been passed?
Currently, six states (6), Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee have passed American Laws for American Courts.
Besides Florida where else is ALAC pending?
ALAC is pending in several additional states including: Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, South Carolina Texas, Washington and Vermont.