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Missouri House votes to ban Sharia law
by Jason Hancock
A bill prohibiting state courts from using or recognizing Sharia law passed the Missouri House Wednesday on a 102-51 vote.
The legislation, which was sponsored by state Rep. Paul Curtman, R-Pacific, bans Missouri courts from utilizing foreign law or legal code in any ruling. Although it never specifically mentions the words "Sharia" or "Islam," Wednesday's debate focused almost exclusively on Sharia law, which is the religious law of Islam.
"This bill is not all about Sharia Law," Curtman said. "It's Sharia Law, French law, Dutch law or anything else."
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