Friday, March 2, 2012

Florida Considers Ban on Sharia Law

Don't we already have this? Like, at the national level? It's called (drumroll...) the First Amendment! Article here.

In the U.S., the issue of government overreach often takes a curious form as a debate about Federal vs. states' rights. (Even to many of us in the atheist community who use the term "libertarian" to describe ourselves, this framing seems very strange.) Many of the states' rights advocates, who vigorously fight Federal overreach, are just fine with state-level (or lower) actions to restrict individual freedom. By their definition, if Utah wanted to make Mormonism mandatory, they should be able to do it! That's a pretty strange definition of liberty - and it would be very interesting to see where these same folks stand when a Muslim-majority locality (e.g. some Detroit suburbs) enact Shari'a locally, and teach Islamic creationism in schools. Somehow, the good fight to resist higher government overreach will be suddenly forgotten, just as it is with the incredibly invasive ultrasound bills that keep getting introduced by "conservatives" in legislatures around the country.

Anyway, it's good to see politicians embracing church-state separation so vigorously. Oklahoma, that center of culture, education, and (above all) economic innovation already passed such a ban. And the people of Florida are always eager to let Oklahoma lead the way!

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