Michele Bachmann: Sharia Law Would 'Usurp' The U.S. Constitution
Minnesota congresswoman and GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is still concerned about the threat of Sharia law, ABC News reports.
"It's very troubling to see some United States justices bring in Sharia law," Bachmann said Wednesday in an interview on WHO Radio's "Mickelson in the Morning" program, according to ABC. "Sharia law ... certainly does not have a place in a United States courtroom, nor should it be followed by United States judges."
"The only thing that United States judges should be bound by is the United States Constitution or state constitutions and the state and national laws of the land," Bachmann continued, going on to claim that allowing its consideration in court "would usurp, and put Sharia law over the Constitution, and that would be wrong."
Earlier this year, Bachmann displayed her opposition to Sharia law by signing the conservative "Marriage Pledge," drafted by Iowa-based group the Family Leader. The pledge included vows to fight Sharia law and pornography, among other things.
Bachmann's comments come in the wake of a recent decision by a Florida appeals court to allow a conservative Republican judge to use the Islamic law in a case that the St. Petersburg Times reports will decide "whether arbitration by an Islamic scholar mediating a dispute between the mosque and ousted trustees followed the teachings of the Koran."
The use of religious law in this type of case is "not all that unusual," Markus Wagner, a professor of international law at the University of Miami School of Law, told the Times.
But that hasn't kept some from meeting the decision with outrage, the Times reports, and the negative reactions appear to be in line with a larger campaign against the supposed creeping of Sharia law into U.S. courts.