Florida state Sen. Alan Hays (R) is a driving force behind an anti-Muslim bill targeting the imaginary problem of Florida courts ignoring American law in order to follow Islamic law. Indeed, despite the fact that this problem does not actually exist, Hays distributed alarmist flyers to his colleagues last year entitled “Shari’ah Law: Radical Islam’s threat to the U.S. Constitution.”
This year, Hays appears to be taking a different tactic. In an apparently acknowledgment that Florida courts are not exactly a haven for Islamic legal citations, Hays argues that his bill is still necessary as a preventative measure similar to a vaccination:
When you were a child, did your parents have you vaccinated against different diseases? That was a preemptive gesture on their part for which I would hope you’re very thankful. And this is very similar to that. Your mom and dad would not want you to get sick from one of those dreadful diseases, and I don’t want any American to be in a Florida courtroom and have their constitutional rights violated by any foreign law. That’s it. It’s not that complicated.
Of course, by this logic, Hays also might want to consider legislation preventing courts from replacing American law with the laws of ancient Rome or the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons second edition rules — both of which are exactly as likely to silently creep into our judicial system as Islamic law.