Fake News: Sharia Law NOT Finally Banned In All 50 States...

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

Several fake news websites are currently running articles titled: "JUST IN: Sharia Law Finally Banned In All 50 States. Do You Support This?". Other than the title there is no actual content in these stories but they are being shared around like crazy. Some of the stories contain a working poll, other just contain the text of the poll question and the words "Yes" and "No".

There currently is no such 'ban' in place in all fifty states. The wikipedia article on the subject of banning sharia law states:

A ban on sharia law is legislation that would ban the application or implementation of Islamic law (sharia) in courts in any jurisdiction. In the United States, as of 2014 seven states have "banned Sharia law", or passed some kind of ballot measure that "prohibits the states courts from considering foreign, international or religious law." These US states include North Carolina, Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, South Dakota and Tennessee.[1]

Anyone who took a basic civics course knows that article VI of the Constitution reads (in part):

This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.

So there is absolutely no need to "ban" sharia law or any kind of other law: legally speaking it has no power in the U.S. because the Constitution is the only law that supremely matters. It wouldn't make sense to specifically ban Roman law, French law, Russian law or Japanese law either, there simply isn't a need for it.

For symbolical and political reasons some people might find it a good idea to specifically mention one type of law to be singled out for "extra banning" and it is their right to advocate this position and to organise polls and petitions about it. Thanks to the First Amendment they are even free to put untruths in the title of their article like the fact that it already happened in all fifty states. But that still doesn't make the fake part true.

The fake headline is being shared around at incredible rates as you can see in the Trendolizer graph at the end of this article. If you notice anyone spreading the it you can help by pointing them to this article here because nobody likes being duped by lies.

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