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'Anti-Sharia' bill dies in Senate



A bill that squared Muslims and Jews against several members of the Legislature is dead for this session.

SB 1360, which critics say targets Muslims, would have voided marriage, divorce and custody disputes grounded in foreign law.

The measure did not come up for a vote in the Senate, although the House bill passed by a 92-24 margin. Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, the bill's sponsor, advanced the controversy by distributing booklets to other senators titled "Shari'ah Law: Radical Islam's threat to the U.S. Constitution."

Other groups also gave out anti-Sharia posters in the Capitol last week, prompting protests from Muslims, Jews and Christians. They argued the bill is unnecessary and offensive.

Hays and Rep. Larry Metz, R-Eustis, the House sponsor, say the bill doesn't single out a single religion.

[Last modified: Friday, March 9, 2012 10:44am]


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