Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tennessee Republicans May Outlaw Straight Marriage... For Muslims

Now this is really interesting: Tennessee is one of the many places trying to outlaw the observance of Sharia laws and customs. What makes the Tennessee attempt really interesting is how they define it. From Think Progress:

So abiding privately by Sharia (ie, being an observant Muslim) is fine. But when a Muslim starts practicing Islam with partners or in a group, they are forming a “Sharia organization”:
“Sharia organization” means any two (2) or more persons conspiring to support of acting in convert in support of, Sharia or in furtherance of the imposition of sharia…
That means, in Tennessee, a Muslim could not form a non-profit that operated a mosque, a religious charity, or any other organization that goes beyond practicing religion in solitude.

Think Progress doesn't mention it, but it occurs to me that what's hilarious about this is that devout Muslims are generally wed following the customs of Sharia. So, in other words, if this Tennessee law passes, which it undoubtedly will, it will also be technically illegal for Muslims to marry each other.

Gosh, and they think the hairdressers are destroying matrimony!


carol said...

Isn't there something in the U.S. Constitution about right of assembly? Just asking.

Peteykins said...

Ha, right, Carol. There are so many things about this Tennessee law that don't pass Constitutional muster that it makes one's head spin.

Lulu Maude said...

All those pocket Constitutions are moldering in the grave of Republican pockets.