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Idaho House panel introduces anti-Sharia law bill

Posted at 12:14 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 14:14:01-05

Idaho House Republicans agreed Wednesday to introduce anti-Sharia law legislation designed to prevent Idaho courts or government agencies from making decisions based on Islamic or other foreign legal codes.

The proposal doesn't specifically mention Sharia law -- but it does say that courts, administrative agencies, or state tribunals can’t base rulings on any foreign law or legal system that would not grant the parties the same rights guaranteed by state and U.S. constitutions.

This is the second time Rep. Eric Redman, a Republican from Athol, has pushed the bill in the Idaho Statehouse. He says the bill is needed to protect American values.

There are no known cases in which an Idaho judge has based a ruling on Islamic law.

(by Associated Press)