Saturday, April 2, 2011

Kansas Recognizes the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause (!)

The Kansas House voted Tuesday to pass a bill reaffirming the state’s position on the supremacy of the United States Constitution in the judicial system.

Rep. Peggy Mast, an Emporia Republican, said the bill would ensure that Kansas would not have the problems that other states have experienced because other cultures’ laws conflict with U.S. constitutional laws.

Other states considering similar legislation have been severely criticized. Bills introduced in the Missouri Legislature this year by Republican lawmakers aim to prevent Missouri courts from applying laws from other countries or those based on Sharia, the Islamic religious law.

From the Democracy Project West blog.

Of course, the U.S. Constitution already states:

 This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.

The Kansas lawmakers seem to worry that Kansas courts might apply Sharia  law. I wouldn’t lose any sleep over that possibility.

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