Missouri House members mull ban on international laws

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 | 7:04 p.m. CDT; updated 7:12 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 9, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — A man who described himself as a former member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization said he supports a Missouri proposal to bar courts from considering international law or Sharia, which is the Islamic religious law.

Kamal Saleem, a Christian, told a House committee that Sharia law limits speech rights and can levy harsh penalties for violations. Saleem testified by telephone Wednesday.

The Missouri proposal is sponsored by House member Don Wells, a Republican from Cabool. Wells says domestic courts should only consider laws developed in the U.S.

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Paul Allaire March 16, 2011 | 7:26 p.m.

Of all the problems in the world I was really worried about that one. That and Obama's birth certificate. And the Mosque in New York, of course.

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