Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Texas House Bill 45, also known as “American Laws for American Courts,” or ALAC. This law prohibits the use of any foreign law in the state’s courts, and specifically in family cases that involve marriage or parent-child relationship matters.
This bill right here could be Texas saving grace when coming head to head with Sharia leaders who want to overrun this nation.
Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano) one of the bill’s co-authors thanked the governor and signed HB 45. He called the law “vitally important bill to further safeguard and protect our Constitutional rights!” In the last legislative session, Representative Leach authored a similar, yet unsuccessful ALAC measure, House Bill 562.
Lead author of the bill, Representative Dan Flynn (R-Canton) has introduced similar past legislation that also failed. In a recent press release, Flynn noted foreign law is often applied in Texas cases concerning divorce orders, child support, property settlements and sometime even, spouses enter into agreements to have foreign law applied to their disputes.
“My colleagues and I here at the Texas Legislature want to make sure Texas judges never apply foreign law in Texas courts in violation of constitutional rights and the public policy of our state,” said Flynn.
Under HB 45, Texas and U.S. law supersede all other laws. It prevents state judges from applying any foreign law because, in doing so, it infringes upon U.S. and Texas constitutional rights. The bill shields litigants in family law cases “against violations of constitutional rights and public policy in the application of foreign law” under the U.S. and Texas Constitutions, federal and judicial precedent, the Texas Family Code, and the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, among other protections.
HB 45 makes no mention of any particular foreign nation, religion, or cultural practice but clarifies that “foreign law” means a rule, law, or code from a jurisdiction outside of the United States and it shall not override U.S and Texas law or their respective constitutions. It specifies that a “foreign judgment” means a ruling from a court, tribunal, or administrative adjudicator outside U.S. states and territories. The bill underscores that, in the event of any legal conflicts, “federal or state law prevails.”
In a January 2015 report it was noted that an Islamic tribunal using Sharia law operated in Dallas. Dr. Taher El-badawi, one of four attorneys who called themselves “judges” and not arbitrators, claimed the tribunal and its decisions were “voluntary.” El-badawi said the tribunal operated under Sharia as a form of “non-binding dispute resolution” in civil disputes in family and business cases but also admitted that when in conflict between Sharia and Texas law, “we follow Sharia law.”
I think it is about time the rest of the 50 states hop on the bandwagon. Foreign law should never be allowed on our beautiful motherland!!
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