Florida House Committee Passes Anti-Muslim Bill

Florida’s House Judiciary Committee approved a bill that ostensibly targets the use of foreign law in Florida courts, but which is widely understood as an attack on the non-existent problem of American courts relying on Islamic law. The Florida bill closely resembles a similar anti-Muslim bill that recently stalled in the Virginia legislature due to objections from business groups that it would prevent routine business practices such as contracting with foreign companies to resolve potential disputes using another nation’s law. Twenty-two states are currently considering similar laws, and an earlier version of these bills was recently declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court after it was enacted in Oklahoma. To learn about the network of bloggers, advocacy groups and wealthy funders pushing Islamophobic fantasies to state lawmakers, see the Center for American Progress’ report Fear, Inc.