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Arizany Arizona

12 December 2010

How can Arizona legislature make itself any more odious? It can’t, so it’s going for stupid:

… The same people who brought you S.B. 1070 wanted to give Arizonans the toughest anti-Sharia protection in the country (.PDF). This nasty little item would have prohibited judges from enforcing “religious sectarian law,” defined as

ANY STATUTE, TENET OR BODY OF LAW EVOLVING WITHIN AND BINDING A SPECIFIC RELIGIOUS SECT OR TRIBE. RELIGIOUS SECTARIAN LAW INCLUDES SHARIA LAW, CANON LAW, HALACHA AND KARMA…

 

I always though Karma was a theological concept and not a legal code, but any way you spin it, the payback is gonna be a bitch.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 12 December 2010 6:18 am

    It is an absolute and total mystery… How can one group of individuals truly believe they have the right to behave in with such pitiful, single-minded ignorance? What century are we living in? I wonder if they have ever traveled? Have they ever been anywhere other than their blindsided corner of Arizona… Dearhearts there is a whole world out here. Come visit… you might learn something.

  2. otto permalink
    12 December 2010 7:53 am

    Can’t resist.

  3. Fatmex permalink
    12 December 2010 8:20 am

    @Joanna: For the past 50 years my In-Laws have lived less than 15 minutes from the US-Mexico border and have never set foot in Mexico. The vast majority of US Citizens do not travel abroad and most don’t travel outside their state yet the reasons are seldom financial, however. It is so sad, really.

  4. 13 December 2010 9:54 am

    Random thoughts:

    The language on excluding the IMF was interesting. I wonder if this thing passed if it would be used to negate NAFTA dispute resolution decisions. It does say it excludes international agreements that the US is part of.

    I also notice they keep language in there that says that laws from Great Britain BEFORE independence are exempt as well as principles that contributed to the foundation of the United States – though they never specifically mention Christianity. Is there language elsewhere tucked-away in Arizona’s budding lunatic-ocracy where Christianity is specifically mentioned as the founding basis of the US Consititution? If so, they have neatly created a law that “establishes religion.” If not, have they opened themselves up to the courts equally writing religion out of law as a whole? Though I doubt that is what they are up to.
    @Joann – At some point it might be nice to REALLY cut Arizona off from the rest of the world so they can see how much they rely on it, even if they refuse to acknowledge it exists.

  5. 13 December 2010 12:15 pm

    The Arizona Know-nothings leadership seems mostly to be “internal immigrants” — the Governor grew up in Hollywood, Sheriff Arpaio is from Pennsylvania, etc. Russell Pearce is from the region, but comes from a tradition of Mormonism that has always been exclusive rather than inclusive. My sense is that the backers of this movement are largely those who came to Arizona seeking to escape modernity, and to create a world that never really existed — especially in the borderlands.

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