Florida Appeals Court defends decision to impose SHARI’A (ISLAMIC) LAW


Comment by Jim Campbell

If judges in our courts system aren’t soon given a unsantized education about the abject horrors of Sharia Law we may as well open our borders and start playing cowboys and Arabs now.  In this case it was an appointee of  Florida’s Governor Jeb Bush that needs a serious wake up call

Forget the liberal judges, the are a lost cause and will never be on the side of the Constitution. 

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.

A Florida appeals court appears to have cleared the way for a Hillsborough judge to use Islamic law to decide a key issue in a lawsuit involving a local mosque.

Tampa Bay  (H/T Susan K) In a case that has attracted national attention, the 2nd District Court of Appeal on Friday denied without comment a petition to prevent Judge Richard Nielsen from invoking Islamic law. The petition, filed by the Islamic Education Center of Tampa, contested a March ruling by Nielsen announcing his intent to use “ecclesiastical Islamic law” in the case.


Nielsen limited his use of Islamic law to deciding whether arbitration by an Islamic scholar mediating a dispute between the mosque and ousted trustees followed the teachings of the Koran. The arbitration itself is in dispute, with mosque officials saying it never took place.

The arbitrator ruled in favor of several men ousted as mosque trustees, a decision that, if upheld, could wrest control of $2.2 million in mosque coffers. Attorney Paul Thanasides, representing the mosque, said an appeals court decision without a written opinion means the court wasn’t addressing the merits of the case.


Thanasides said the U.S. Constitution and Florida law prevent Nielsen from following Islamic law. On Monday, he filed a motion with the judge asking him to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction. “Florida law is clear that courts may not decide corporate governance disputes involving religious organizations,” the motion said.

Lee Segal, a lawyer representing four ousted trustees, said the appeals court ruling was a “big-time” win for his clients and vindication for Nielsen, who does not comment on pending cases.

“This basically puts the case back in front of Nielsen, who has a good handle of what the issues are,” Segal said. He noted the judge could still rule against his clients if he determines that Islamic law was not, in fact, followed.
“There’s still lots of barriers for us to cross,” Segal said. The case touched off a storm of criticism against Nielsen earlier this year.

Web commentators have misidentified the judge as a liberal trying to subvert U.S. law. Nielsen is, in fact, a conservative Republican appointed to the bench by former Gov. Jeb Bush.

At the time of Nielsen’s original decision, the political atmosphere was already charged with debate that Islamic law had gained a toehold in U.S. courts. Even before Nielsen’s ruling, two Florida lawmakers, Sen. Alan Hays and Rep. Larry Metz, announced legislation to prevent the use of any foreign legal code being applied in state courts. The legislation was not adopted by Florida lawmakers.

In May, the Center for Security Policy released a study that evaluated 50 appellate court cases in 23 states involving issues related to Islamic law. The study noted Islamic law has been “formally recognized” in state courts. The cases involved mostly Muslim women and children “who were asking American courts to preserve their rights to equal protection and due process,” said the center’s president, Frank J. Gaffney Jr. “When our courts then apply sharia law in the lives of these families, and deny them equal protection, they are betraying the principles on which America was founded,” he said.

7 responses to “Florida Appeals Court defends decision to impose SHARI’A (ISLAMIC) LAW

  1. Pingback: Florida Appeals Court defends decision to impose SHARI’A (ISLAMIC) LAW | Islam Sharia Watchmen

  2. It’s time for Congress to step in and file legislation that would prohibit our courts from utilizing ANY foreign laws from being implemented within our court system. Where is the ACLU on this? They scream bloody murder when a Christian wants to say the word, “God” in school or at a business luncheon, yet remain strangely silent when Islamists want Shariah law recognized.

    • You are absolutely correct Tony, you will be happy to know once we have kicked Obama to the curb on November 6th 2011, legislation has been drawn by the Republican Chaired Anti-Terrorism Task Force chaired by Congresswoman Sue Myrik of North Carolina. Got to love it, the use the word terrorism. I’ve worked with attorneys and apostates primarily from IRAN and we put together a boiler plate to serve as a template. I worked through her Aid, and was thanked and told you haven’t seen anything yet. Nothing will be brought forward because Obama would just veto the legislation. Here’s an officer you might like, If you would like to receive my daily Islam/sharia update, please drop me a note with the subject subscribe to dangers of allah in the subject box. @ jcscuba@gmail.com  Thanks for stopping bye and commenting.  I’m J.C. 

  3. Sharron Larter Akers

    Now, maybe people will realize what the Crusaders were about.

    • Funny thing about the Crusades, ask a lib and they will tell you that Christians always started it when in fact they were beating back Muslim hordes.
      If you would like to receive my daily Islam/sharia update, please drop me a note with the subject subscribe to dangers of allah in the subject box. @ jcscuba@gmail.com Thanks for stopping bye and commenting. I’m J.C.

  4. Most disgusting!!! What kind of judges do we have? Are these people muslims in judges robes?

  5. Pingback: Florida Appeals Court Imposes SHARI’A (ISLAMIC) LAW « Battlefield America

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