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North Idaho lawmaker's first bill targets Sharia law
by Betsy Z. Russell
Rep. Eric Redman, R-Post Falls, introduced his first bill on Wednesday: a measure seeking to ban recognition of Sharia, or Islamic, law in Idaho courts.
Redman distributed stacks of handouts to the Idaho House Ways and Means Committee, including a photo of a severed hand and printouts from websites critical of Islam. The committee voted 4-3 along party lines to introduce the bill.
The bill follows model legislation developed by the American Public Policy Alliance, a nonprofit that warns of foreign laws infiltrating the U.S. court system and has gotten similar laws passed in several states. A 2010 Oklahoma constitutional amendment forbidding that state's courts from considering Sharia law in decisions was overturned in federal court in 2013.
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