Mother Jones has collected a series of quotes from officials, many of whom have sponsored anti-Sharia legislation across the country (South Dakota included), and it would seem to be quite telling:
Rep. Verla Insko asked [State Rep. George] Cleveland twice for an example of a case that would show a need for the bill. "I do not have any specific examples off the top of my head," Cleveland finally replied.Missouri yesterday
[State Rep. Jamilah] Nasheed called on [State Rep. Paul] Curtman to provide a list of cases in which international law had been used in American courts but Curtman was unable to provide an example of such a case.Missouri in March:
"I don't have the specifics with me right now but if you go to—the web address kind of escapes my mind right now. Any Google search on international law used in the state courts in the U.S. is going to turn up some cases for you."
Alabama last month:
[State Sen. Gerald] Allen could not readily define Shariah in an interview Thursday. "I don't have my file in front of me," he said.Georgia in February:
[State Rep. Mike Jacobs] acknowledged that he was not aware of any instances in Georgia where a plaintiff or defendant asked the court to apply Sharia law but believes it has happened elsewhere.Alaska in March:
In a hearing before the House State Affairs Committee, [State Rep. Carl] Gatto's chief of staff, Karen Sawyer, said Sharia is an example of the type of transnational law that has appeared in family law, divorce and child custody cases nationally, though she knows of [no] instances of it appearing in Alaska courts.South Carolina on Wednesday:
None of the senators nor Kevin A. Hall, a Columbia attorney who testified in support of the bill, were aware of any examples in South Carolina where courts upheld sharia law over the U.S. Constitution.South Dakota in February:
[I]n testimony this week, proponents of a Sharia ban could not produce a single South Dakota case in which Islamic law had been a problem."Oklahoma last November:
Mr. Boughton acknowledged that he did not know of an instance in which Shariah law had been invoked by the courts.Notice a pattern?