Omar SacirbeyJun 4, 2013|

(RNS) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have made his state the seventh in the nation to prohibit judges from considering Shariah, or Islamic law, and other “foreign laws” in their decisions.

READ: Anti-Shariah movement changes tactics and gains successBut rather than citing the usual arguments about anti-Muslim discrimination and the freedom of religion, Nixon introduced a new argument against such legislation, asserting it would make it harder for Missouri families to adopt children from overseas.

Islamic law in U.S. courts

Does Islamic law, Sharia, have a place in American courts? A lot of state legislatures don't think so, and there is a large movement to ban its application in the domestic courts, state and federal.

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Does Islamic law, Sharia, have a place in American courts? A lot of state legislatures don't think so, and there is a movement to ban its application in domestic courts, state and federal.

It's one of those national issues that for now is not before the U.S. Supreme Court, but almost inevitably will be before the justices somewhere down the line, even if just in the petition stage.

Sharia, based on the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, is often a consideration in family issue cases involving U.S. Muslims. But its precepts apply to all aspects of life, and its severest critics allege it is a factor in some acts of terror.

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Legislature sends bills barring Agenda 21, Sharia Law to governor

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Following the Agenda 21 vote Wednesday, the House gave final approval to legislation that targets the use of Sharia and other foreign laws in the United States, which Democrats also questioned.

“We’re talking about the boogey man in Sharia land,” said Rep. Mike Colona, D-St. Louis. “It’s a waste of time. There is no boogeyman out there.”

It's unclear whether Nixon, a Democrat, will sign the bills, quietly let them pass or try to block the bills from becoming law by veto. Both were approved with slight veto-proof margins.

(The anti-Agenda 21 legislation is SB265 and the foreign law bill is SB267)


ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) – The country has been griped all week by the events surrounding the bombings at the Boston Marathon this past Monday; a week full of surprises in the case and its investigation.  Thursday late night the two suspects identified by the FBI, are suspected in the death of police officer, critically injuring another,  one of the suspect brothers is killed by the police an the other on the loose.

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