Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Do We Need a Law That Says That the Law is The Law?

NPR recently reported on growing fears in Tennessee that Sharia would become the law of the land.  Apparently, the governor hired a Muslim worker in the state's Economic Development office.  This apparently set off a firestorm of protest that even figured into the Republican primary for a Congressional seat.  the incumbent, Rep. Diane Black, was apparently criticized for not taking a strong enough stand against Sharia law. The criticism prompted Black to offer, "I understand the devastation that Shariah law could mean here in our country, and I'm a sponsor of a bill that will once again say that the United States Constitution is our law and that it is the supreme law."

The law will say that the law is the law. Perhaps Black is positioning for an appointment in the Department of Redundancy Department.

Is opposition to Sharia law akin to saying, "I am against the government making currency out of ice cubes?"

This report prompted me to ask my class, "Is there widespread understanding of how law is made/where it comes from?"

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