States Enacting Foreign Law Bans Driven by Anti-Muslim Sentiment Will Face Legal and Practical Problems
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, May 16, 2013, 04:55 PM EDT
Today, the Brennan Center for Justice and the Center for American Progress release a report highlighting the unintended consequences of foreign law bans.
Fueled by a growing tide of anti-Muslim sentiment, these bans have gained momentum in recent months, morphing from restrictions on Islamic religious laws and customs (known as “sharia”) into broader bans on foreign, international, and religious laws in U.S. courts.
Over the last two years, lawmakers in 32 states have introduced and debated such bills.