There’s a ballot proposition in Alabama, Amendment One, that would ban any application of “foreign law” by state courts, a measure that is pure anti-Muslim demagoguery. In a surprising development, the Christian Coalition of Alabama has come out against the measure and is criticizing people like Pat Robertson and Bryan Fischer who support it.
Does that make Amendment One a good idea? No, says Alabama Christian Coalition president Dr. Randy Brinson, speaking on behalf of one of the state’s largest network of evangelical Christians. Brinson supports the statements posted by Christians Against Amendment One.
“This is a tremendous waste of effort. It’s is a waste of time and it costs money,” Brinson said Thursday morning, talking with AL.com between seeing patients at his medical practice in Montgomery. “This just creates a whole new headache for people involved in foreign adoptions or who get married in another country. My frustration is that people — good people — get behind something like this just because they want to score political points with the Christian community. But it’s redundant – you don’t need to amend the constitution to address these issues. I just don’t think they thought through this particular thing.”…The unintended consequences Brinson foresees if Amendment One passes is the creation of a new layer of prejudice against Alabamians who are attempting to do business, whether commercial or personal, with people in other countries.
“I understand the sentiment behind this, but Sharia law is not going to be implemented in Alabama, it just isn’t,” Brinson said. “And this would just be another stigma for Alabama, another way of saying to other countries: ‘We don’t respect your laws.'”
“Alabama law – or laws from outside the state — either comports with the law of the United States or they don’t,” Brinson said. “This is just silliness. It’s all something that lawmakers can trumpet back to constituents that they’re protecting Christian values, but they need to be working on other stuff.”
The referendum is sponsored by Sen. Gerald Allen, who is, in fact, an advocate of his own version of Sharia law. This was the same guy who sponsored a bill to ban all books by or about gay people from libraries in the state.