Wringing my hands over foreign law

Once in a great while I read. This story caught my one good eye: Jeffrey Collins, SC House bill banning foreign law turns into long debate, Associated Press (May 14, 2015). The refusal to ban foreign law scares me. It is un-American.

Muslims want Sharia Law to apply in America. Jews want Talmudic Law to apply in America. Catholics want Canon Law to apply in America. Buddhists want the Law of Karma to apply in America. Protestants want the Rules of Golf to apply in America.

Despite his protestations to the contrary, Justice Scalia heads up a conspiracy to adopt these foreign laws willy-nilly.  Here is the incontrovertible proof:


Whatever shall I do? I know, I’ll become a doomsday prepper.


As my pops often said, after spewing the used up beech nut chaw into his spittoon, “freedom isn’t free.” God bless America (just so long as he is my God).


8 responses

  1. American law is hard enough to understand and apply and that’s good enough reason to either ban it or ignore it.

  2. Am not sure what is giving the good folks in South Carolina pause. We are the USA. If foreigners want to trade goods with the U.S., they have to understand that U.S. laws control. Egad, why should Mercedes-Benz be exempt from U.S. product liability laws just because they manufactured their automobile in Germany. Why should a Canadian expect Ford to have to submit to Canadian product liability law just because it shipped a car to Canada.

    And why should practitioners of religions with unique beliefs expect a family law judge to give those any weight in resolving disputes between divorced parents about the religious upbringing of their child or a probate judge to give those beliefs any weight in interpreting their wills.

  3. Gee, didn’t we have this discussion a bit ago, regarding a State’s constitutional amendment and a Federal judge saying to the citizens, “You can’t do that?”

    Eric Hines

  4. Tangent: I was very surprised to read the Obergefell transcripts and see Scalia and IIRC Alito apparently putting a lot of weight on foreign law in thinking about whether our Constitution allows states to restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples.

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