North Idaho Rep. Eric Redman’s anti-Sharia law bill drew lots of negative comments at a public hearing last week. It’s now awaiting amendments and its fate is uncertain.
“It’s a bill that I’m very much in favor of,” Redman said Friday.
The measure seeks to ban Idaho courts from considering foreign laws in making any decisions, unless the laws come from countries with identical constitutional freedoms to those in the United States. Although not mentioned specifically in the bill, the aim is to prevent Islamic religious law, or Sharia, from playing a role in Idaho court decisions.
“We’re talking about foreign laws, but Sharia is just one of ’em that we have to protect our Constitution from,” Redman told a House committee.