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Brownback signs bill that caused sharia flap

Topeka Capital-Journal
Andy Marso
Friday, May 25, 2012

A Topeka Capital-Journal story on the passage of a controversial law aimed at Kansas courts quoted Raj Bhala, professor of law, who spoke out against it.

Marso wrote:

Raj Bhala, a Catholic professor at KU who teaches sharia as part of international trade law, said earlier in the session that the bill could be devastating to businesses in Kansas that have contracts with multinationals.

In an attempt to protect such business dealings, Sen. Jeff King, R-Independence, added language that specifies the bill only bans foreign laws that infringe on certain "fundamental liberties," including equal protection, due process, and freedom of speech and religion.

Bhala said that language might complicate things for judges, rather than clarify them.

"You see the irony there?" Bhala said. "You're trying to keep them out of foreign law, but you're asking them to get into it in order to decide if they should stay out of it."

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