Philadelphia City Council Introduces Resolution Denouncing Anti-Foreign (Sharia) Law Bill [UPDATED]

Philadelphia City Council members Curtis Jones, Jr. and Maria Quinones Sanchez have introduced Resolution 120031, which sends an overnight package straight to Harrisburg containing one (1) middle finger. The Resolution, as yet unnamed, “Urg[es] the Pennsylvania General Assembly to reject House Bill 2029 as unnecessary and inconsistent with our core constitutional principles…affirming that the Council of the City of Philadelphia welcomes all religious beliefs, traditions and heritages.”

House Bill 2029, what’s that? Glad you asked. It’s what’s being referred to in some circles as the Anti-Foreign Law Bill. In others: the Anti-Sharia Law Bill. Introduced by Rep. Rosemarie Swanger (R-Lebanon), the bill would ban all cases of foreign law infused in Pennsylvania courts. Muslim and Jewish law is often used in court as it regards divorce and personal matters, but there is no evidence of foreign law being used to define actual court cases in Pennsylvania. Many advocacy groups, like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, believe bills like HB 2029 are meant to induce anti-Muslim fervor the country over.

Last we heard about this bill, Rep. Swanger told us her intent had nothing to do with a threat of Sharia Law, even though that’ll be included. Swanger’s intent was allegedly stated on a memo she sent out before the bill was introduced, in which she stated, “America has unique laws of liberty which do not exist in foreign legal systems, particularly Sharia Law.” And: “We are a nation of laws. Unfortunately, increasingly, foreign laws and legal doctrines—including and especially Sharia Law—are finding their way into U.S. court cases.”

She claims she was set up.

“I said nothing about it when I sent it over there. And when it came back, it was rife with references to Sharia Law,” Swanger told PW. “I still didn’t find out who wrote it but I am pretty livid about that. That was not my intention. As soon as I found out what happened I pulled it, and we sent out a corrected one… Apparently somebody who’s not my friend sent it out and made it public because it is not what should have gone out. I want to get to the bottom of it but I have to wait, of course, until next year.”

Now that it’s next year, looks like the fight is back on, even if it never comes up for a vote. And City Council isn’t taking its time. “RESOLVED,” Jones and Sanchez’s resolution reads, “BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That the City of Philadelphia welcomes all religious beliefs, traditions and heritages, and that this body has full confidence in the U.S. Constitution and the laws of the state of Pennsylvania and does not entertain any concern that any foreign or religious law offers a threat to the law of the land.”

Anti-Sharia laws have been passed in several states, often by voter referendum. Most recently, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals declared an Oklahoma ban on Sharia Law unconstitutional. The Oklahoma law specifically mentions “Sharia,” while the Pennsylvania law does not. Moein Khawaja, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, told PW of the ban, “What we have in Pennsylvania is version 2.0., which is an attempt to refine it a little bit. It doesn’t mention Sharia or Islam or our faith. But that doesn’t matter because we have a lot of evidence of the legislative intent…from the numerous public statements given by Rep. Swanger.”

The City Council Resolution is expected to pass unanimously.

UPDATE: Bill was passed today (2/2/12)

12 Responses to “ Philadelphia City Council Introduces Resolution Denouncing Anti-Foreign (Sharia) Law Bill [UPDATED] ”

  1. Philly RN says:

    Sharia law has been successfully used to undermine family law rights in states such as NJ. The problem is real — should we tolerate a system of laws where Muslim American women have fewer rights than other American women, simply because they have signed a marital contract in a foreign legal code?

    More and more judges are undermining the rights of women and children in the US to “respect” marital contracts that contain invalid and unenforceable provisions in their zeal to appease their left-wing, “tolerant” backers.

    Undermining hard won gains in the rights of women and children is not tolerance of religion. Your right to undermine my rights in the name of your faith stops at my nose.

    Tolerance of the weakening of US law is not tolerant, and should not be tolerated.

  2. douglas says:

    Muslim women would be covered under us law the moment they step on us soil any lawmaker that violates what this nation stands for needs to have a talk with the irs as money has changed hands and other religions in the us have women in a subservient role but the law stayed on the side of freedom!

  3. Omar says:

    The leadership of most muslim communities in the west are making a concerted effort to create separate, parrallel, shariah compliant cantons within western countries. The primary purpose of these enclaves is to give muslims – and especially muslim males – the ability to employ the usual tactics of honor based threats and violence against women and children in order to strengthen and enforce the various shariah based islamic norms and strictures involving veiling, gender apartied, forced marriage, homosexuality, proselytizing, blasphemy and apostasy. The purpose of these various anti-shariah measures should be to ensure that this deliberately cultivated dynamic does not have the ability or room to intimidated or threaten those who are disinclined to follow them.

  4. John Rgood says:

    Continued pressure on Sharia, and finally elimination. We as free thinkers of the “West” need to champion freedom of women, conscience, and thought. The first to be freed will be Muslims. Immediately following will be the relief of the hatred, despair, and servitude that shackles society through Islam.

  5. For my Liberty says:

    WHEN will people UNDERSTAND that Sharia is in DIRECT CONTRAST of EVERYTHING that we believe in America??? WHEN will people REALIZE what a THREAT it is to our way of life? People need to READ and LEARN and WATCH places like the UK to UNDERSTAND exactly what these people are DOING and where they are GOING! THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PEACEFUL MUSLIM! They are SLEEPERS that WILL rise up once they have the POWER! ISLAM is a WAY OF LIFE! It is NOT a “Religion” it CONTROLS EVERY ASPECT of a Muslim’s LIFE!

    The PROBLEM in AMERICA is that people have become SO LAX that they are just STANDING by WATCHING our Country being TORN APART by the FOUNDATIONS! Our Constitution has been SHREDDED and NO ONE RISES up and says a THING! Our Courts, and ALL the people in DC are CORRUPT!

    Americans need to ENFORCE OUR OWN TERM LIMITS–Congress VOTED on them last week and it LOST 25-74. Americans need to vote EVERY SINGLE REP OUT of OFFICE that has been in for TWO TERMS!

    We need to STOP letting the minority RULE what the majority does and thinks! Our Constitution gives us the right to LIFE, LIBERTY and the pursuit of HAPPINESS–We are NOT entitled to WELFARE, GAY MARRIAGE, ILLEGALS taking AMERICAN Jobs….or even a good paying JOB—YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR WHAT YOU WANT!

    People need to go back to SCHOOL and LEARN in economics that there is “NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH!”

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  10. Larry Feld says:

    If she believes so strongly that the US Constitution defends foreign law, shouldn’t Ms Sanchez have recused herself and quit city council. To be consistent, she should maintain her ‘female’ status and just walk where led.

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