Tennessee has become the third state to get one of those anti-Sharia bills in the state legislature.
A proposed new state law would make following the Islamic legal code known as Shariah law a felony, punishable by 15 years in jail.
State Senator Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, introduced the bill, known as Senate Bill 1028, last week. A House version of the bill, House Bill 1353, was introduced by House Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma.
And the justification is the usual non-sequitur:
“The threat from Shariah-based jihad and terrorism presents a real and present danger to the lawful governance of this state and to the peaceful enjoyment of citizenship by the residents of this state,” the bill reads.
The bill exempts any peaceful practice of Islam.
But it also claims that any adherence to Shariah law – which includes religious practices like feet-washing and prayers – is treasonous.
But here’s my favorite part:
It would require the state attorney general to investigate Shariah-compliant groups.
But of course, every group of Muslims will claim to be Sharia-compliant. Because Sharia just means “following the Quran.” But there are radically different versions of what that requires, just as there are in Christianity. So this means the AG of that state has to investigate every single Muslim group in the state without any actual reason to suspect that they’ve done anything wrong. 4th Amendment? Silly liberals, that doesn’t apply to Muslims!
Ketron, by the way, is the head of the Republican Caucus in Tennessee. And he’s from Murfreesboro, where local Muslims have been trying to build a new mosque and getting enormous opposition — including the work site being bombed and set on fire.
Oh, and then there’s this:
The Tennessee bill goes further by proposing criminal penalties for following Shariah. Matheny said the bill was model legislation, given to him by the Tennessee Eagle Forum, a conservative advocacy group.
Bobbie Patray, state president of the Eagle Forum, confirmed that the law had been drafted by David Yerushalmi, a Chandler, Ariz.-based attorney. Yerushalmi runs the Society of Americans for National Existence, a nonprofit that says following Shariah is treasonous.
Yerushalmi is a virulent bigot of the first class and one of Pamela Geller’s comrades in arms.