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Kansas Anti-Sharia Bill Awaits Governor's Signature

Michael Gryboski | Contributor: Scott Allswang

A bill that would ban Sharia law in Kansas has passed both houses of the legislature and awaits the signature of the governor.

Last week, SB 79 was unanimously approved in the Kansas House by a vote of 120 to 0 and then approved in the State Senate in a vote of 33 to 3.

"Any court, arbitration, tribunal or administrative agency ruling or decision shall violate the public policy of this state and be void and unenforceable if the court, arbitration, tribunal or administrative agency bases its rulings or decisions in the matter at issue in whole or in part on any foreign law, legal code or system that would not grant the parties affected by the ruling or decision the same fundamental liberties, rights and privileges granted under the United States and Kansas constitutions," reads SB 79 in part.

While SB 79 does not specifically mention Sharia (Islamic) law by name, supporters and opponents both recognize that the purpose of the bill is to prevent Sharia from being legally applied in Kansas. In an interview with local media, Kansas State Senator Susan Wagle stated that this bill, if enacted, would be a victory for women's rights.

"They stone women to death in countries that have Sharia law," said Wagle. "If you vote to not adopt [SB 79], it's a vote against women."

The success of the bill has stirred controversy with some groups who feel the bill was based on misinformation and misconceptions of Islam.