NC House bill forbidding Islamic Sharia law passes

  • Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 3:27 p.m.

RALEIGH (AP) — A bill prohibiting the application of Islamic Sharia law in certain cases has cleared the North Carolina House.

The bill passed Thursday would prohibit judges and agencies from applying part of any foreign legal system that would lead to violations of constitutional rights in domestic and child custody cases.

The bill was narrowed to keep it alive as a looming deadline threatened to remove it from consideration through the end of the session in 2014. A similar but broader bill cleared a House committee in 2011 but went no further.

Supporters argued there are examples of Sharia law being used in other states, and the bill ensures that won’t happen in North Carolina. Opponents argued it is unconstitutionally narrow and unnecessary.

The bill now heads to the Senate.

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