Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Appeals court won't stop Hillsborough judge from considering Islamic law


TAMPA — A Florida appeals court appears to have cleared the way for a Hillsborough judge to use Islamic law to decide a key issue in a lawsuit involving a local mosque.

In a case that has attracted national attention, the 2nd District Court of Appeal on Friday denied without comment a petition to prevent Judge Richard Nielsen from invoking Islamic law.

The petition, filed by the Islamic Education Center of Tampa, contested a March ruling by Nielsen announcing his intent to use "ecclesiastical Islamic law" in the case.

There is a very important point that the average Floridian or American may be missing here, being that these judges have blatantly disregarded their oath. What are you saying Gun Shy?

Correct me if I am wrong, but according to the Constitution,(Article VI, clause 3) doesn’t it state that all executive and judicial officers shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support the Constitution?

Also, in the United States, aren’t federal judges required to take two oaths? I believe that one of them reads something like this:

I, (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as (office) under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.

This is the beginning of a dangerous precedent setting slippery slope where subjective decisions will now have the ability to override Constitutional law.

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