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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

North Carolina GOP uses Sharia ban to push their own religion-based laws

I don’t suppose they see the irony.
ThinkProgress: The North Carolina legislature is advancing a package of stringent abortion restrictions that appeared in the Senate this week without any public notice. The anti-abortion measures popped up on Tuesday night, tacked onto a controversial measure to ban Sharia law, and caught women’s health advocates completely off-guard.

House Bill 695, which would prohibit the recognition of Sharia law in family courts — an increasingly popular conservative tactic that essentially serves to demonize the Islamic faith — was slated for consideration in a Senate committee on Tuesday. As soon as that committee convened, it quickly approved several abortion-related amendments to the legislation. HB 695 now combines several different anti-abortion measures that were in different stages in the legislature into one omnibus measure.

The new amendments would prevent insurance plans on Obamacare’s health marketplaces from covering abortion services, ban “sex-selective” abortions, impose unnecessary restrictions on doctors administering the abortion pill to women, and require the state’s abortion clinics to adhere to complicated new regulations that would likely force most of them to close. A similar package of abortion restrictions has inspired weeks of protest in Texas, where thousands of reproductive rights activists have been rallying at the state capitol.
Apparently, North Carolina was on the verge of falling victim to the Islamic Fundamentalist Menace. Thank goodness they had the foresight to ban Sharia law before they had a chance to impose Sharia law (after all, who would insttute it, if not the state legislature?). Too bad they didn’t quite make it in time. They may have blocked Islamic religious law, but they instituted Christian religious law at the same time. The American Taliban strikes again and Christian Sharia is now the law of the land in the Tar Heel state.

It’d be nice if these Tea Party fools loved liberty as much as they say they do, but I suppose expecting intellectual honesty from them is just too much to ask.

[photo by sunshinecity]

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