Tennessee GOP proposes law to jail anyone who follows Shariah law

Washing your feet? Jail!  Do not steal? Jail!  Praying?  Jail!  Helping the poor?  Jail! (Well, at least that last one is consistent with GOP doctrine.) The Republicans are having a national competition to see who can be the most ridiculous and offensive.

A proposed Tennessee law would make following the Islamic code known as Shariah law a felony, punishable by 15 years in jail.

State Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, and state Rep. Judd Matheny, R-Tullahoma, introduced the same bill in the Senate and House last week. It calls Shariah law a danger to homeland security and gives the attorney general authority to investigate complaints and decide who’s practicing it.

“What do you mean, really, by saying I can’t abide by Shariah law?” he said. “Shariah law is telling me don’t steal. Do you want me to steal and rob a bank?”

The Attorney General’s Office had no comment.

Tennessee is also debating a bill that would force school teachers to address “controversies” such as evolution, climate change and other “science” issues. One can only imagine.


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