(RNS) North Carolina Muslims hope they can persuade Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, to veto a bill that prohibits state judges from considering “foreign law.”

“It’s going to be tough,” said Rose Hamid of Charlotte. “But I do believe there is a chance.”

Muslims across North Carolina, with help from national organizations, are working feverishly to get Gov. Pat McCrory to veto legislation that protect its citizens from the application of “foreign law.” Photo courtesy the office of Gov. Pat McCrory

Muslims across North Carolina, with help from national organizations, are working feverishly to get Gov. Pat McCrory to veto legislation that protect its citizens from the application of “foreign law.” Photo courtesy the office of Gov. Pat McCrory

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Muslims across the state oppose the bill they think is motivated by intolerance and may potentially infringe on other religious groups. Bills against judicial consideration of “foreign laws” are believed to really be opposing Shariah, or Islamic law.

If McCrory signs the bill, North Carolina would become the seventh state to have an anti-Shariah law, joining Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. In May, Alabama lawmakers approved a like-minded constitutional amendment that state voters will consider in 2014.

“It’s a 50-50 shot,” said Corey Saylor, a spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has sent out a national “action alert” urging Muslims to call and email McCrory to ask him to veto the law. “I’m hopeful that reason will prevail over bigotry and ignorance.”

Jibril Hough, a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Charlotte, said McCrory has met North Carolina Muslims and knows that such a bill inflames hostility against Muslims. The bill doesn’t specifically mention Shariah law, but it’s clearly aimed at the legal system based on Islamic teachings.

“He knows what Islam is about, and how this might hurt Muslims here,” said Hough, who said he was trying to get a meeting with McCrory about the bill.

“But he’s also a politician.”

McCrory’s office did not return calls.

In June, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed an anti-Shariah bill adopted by his state’s Republican legislature, asserting that it would make it harder for Missouri families to adopt children from abroad.

According to Gavel to Gavel, a website that tracks state legislatures, South Carolina is the only state still in session that is considering an anti-Shariah bill, although that legislation is stuck in the committee stages.

Dozens of anti-Shariah law bills have been proposed in roughly 30 states in the last few years, and Muslim Americans expect many more bills in the years to come. “It’s not a trend that’s going away,” said Saylor.


  1. If two Muslims want to settle their differences by Shariah, that is their own business. What we object to is non-Muslims, or ex-Muslims, being forced to observe Shariah law, as we would object to being forced to follow Roman Catholic Canon Law or Jewish Talmudic Law. Any attempt to force us to do so is unconstitutional.

  2. Why would judges allow the use of foreign laws anyway? This country has its own laws. We have separation of church and state. Sharia law is not US law. Catholic or Buddhist law should play no part in US law either. Maybe someone can explain to me why a Muslim would be opposed to this law?

  3. Earold D Gunter

    This is so sad, and hypocritical. So much effort has been put into something than would never happen in a million years anyway. We are all already forced to follow laws that were brought about by Christian beliefs, even if we don’t believe. These laws are fully integrated into our judicial system. Just look at the same states listed in this article to see what they are doing, or already have done, especially about things like abortion that go against their beliefs. In some states “Blue laws” make it so you can’t even buy wine on a certain day, or before a certain time. “A little wine for thy stomach sake”, heck no! Christians falsely believe this nation was founded by people of their faith, when clearly it was not. They continually force their belief structures on the masses, and then get all bent out of shape with a none-issue like this, thinking that someone may do to them what they are doing to the non-believers in their false god. As John Lennon once sang “imagine no religion”, now that would be heaven!

      • William, There is a distinct difference between being a deist, and being a Christian. Great pains were taken by the founding fathers to keep our government separate from religion. To answer your question though, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Washington all were not Christians, but were deists. Based on what writings they left behind (sorry you may have to read), one can only conclude this with logic and reason, but then logic and reason does seem to escape some as they are blinded by faith. By the way, read your bible. No, really read it without the blinder. This is the number one reason former Christians become atheists. Good day!

  4. If you are serious about fighting the Islamic evil (and it is evil) purcharse a few of these books available at maxflackreport.com and donate them to your publlc library or local schools and insist that they be available for the public. The mad Mulllahs and their Liberal-Progressive running dogs will scream but insist. These books are satire and are suitable for young adults. They are recruiting tools——–maxflack

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