We were heartened to learn on Friday that the Kansas senate had followed the example of the Kansas House of Representatives by voting overwhelmingly in favor of American Laws for American Courts legislation there.
American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) legislation was crafted to protect the constitutional rights of Americans against the incursion of foreign laws and foreign legal doctrines in state courts, where foreign laws increasingly have made their presence felt.
ALAC legislation has become a lightning rod for Islamist organizations and Muslim Brotherhood groups, such as HAMAS-linked CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations) simply because they know in their hearts that Shariah is so antithetical to fundamental US constitutional rights.
Kansas has now joined Tennessee, Louisiana and Arizona in passing ALAC legislation through its state legislature.
Note that the vote in Kansas was not even close. The bill passed the House 120-0 and the Senate 33-3.
Nevertheless that has not stopped Reuters from publishing an unbalanced report on the bill’s passage.
Note that in the Reuters report below they give more column inches to the main critic of the bill, State Senator Tim Owens (more on this character in a moment) than the bill’s courageous sponsor, Rep. Peggy Mast.
Not only that, but Reuters also tracked down CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper for his 2 cents on the passage of the bill in Kansas. Keep in mind that CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing prosecution in US history. As for Ibrahim Hooper, he is perhaps most famous for this quote:
“I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the
government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.”
Notice that Reuters didn’t bother to include any Kansas state senate backers of the bill, who staged an eloquent campaign in the floor debate. Nor did they bother to contact any organization supporting ALAC.
This is hardly a surprise and it’s also where the tie to Shariah Compliant Finance comes in.
Reuters’ parent is Thomson Reuters, a company we have written about before here on SFW.
Thomson Reuters bills itself as an information resource for the financial world, but in the case of Shariah-Compliant Finance, they aren’t just an information resource. They have a major financial stake in the industry, having developed sophisticated platforms for Shariah-Compliant Finance:
Note that in typical sleazy journalistic fashion, Reuters conveniently forgets to disclose that it has a stake in promoting Shariah in any of its articles.
Take our word for it: you can’t trust anything Reuters writes about Shariah.
This brings us to State Senator Tim Owens, the man who led a crusade against ALAC in Kansas and very nearly killed the bill against the clear will of the people.
According to our sources, as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Owens refused to bring the bill to a vote effectively blocking the bill.
He did this because he knew the bill would pass.
But he didn’t want to go on record as opposing a bill to protect the constitutional rights of Kansas residents.
Unfortunately for Owens, he is not well respected in the chamber and his colleagues got together and maneuvered the bill past him.
ALAC later ended up in a conference committee on which Owens sat. Owens actually signed on to the conference committee report in favor of the bill.
This is where things get interesting.
Once the bill made it to the senate floor, Owens flip-flopped. He declared he signed the conference committee report by mistake! He then led the opposition to ALAC in the floor debate.
Owens introduced a motion that would have effectively killed the bill. That motion went down in flames.
But the story doesn’t end there!
When the ALAC bill came up for a final vote, Owens took a pass rather than vote! This was the equivalent of voting “present.”
After the vote in favor was tallied, and ALAC had passed overwhelmingly, Senator Tim Owens asked if he could change his vote to no!
We decided to do some snooping around about Owens. We couldn’t find anyone with anything positive to say about the guy in the Kansas legislature.
We did find out that, despite the fact that he is a Republican, he is a “big ACLU guy.”
That comes as no surprise. The ACLU has conducted a disinformation campaign in opposition to ALAC and it turns out Owens was merely parroting the ACLU line:
Owens couldn’t debate the merits of the words on paper, so he simply borrowed intellectual capital from his far-left allies in a bitter attempt to discredit good legislation.
We also found out that Owens describes himself as a “Bloomberg Republican.”
This is certainly curious, given the fact that Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the Republican Party in 2007, after having switched to the GOP in 2001 to get elected in the first place.
We’ve never heard anyone describe themselves as a Bloomberg Republican. But it seems to fit Tim Owens to a T.
Flip-flopping must be a way of life to some politicians, like Bloomberg and Tim Owens.
Which brings us to a further tie to Shariah Finance: SFW readers may recall that Bloomberg’s financial information empire also has a huge stake in Shariah Compliant Finance:
Read all about Reuters’ take on the Kansas stand against Shariah here: