Gov. Sam Brownback disappointed many Kansans when he signed a law that would prohibit Kansas courts or agencies from citing Sharia law.
The bill was dressed up to prohibit citations of any foreign law, but everyone in the capitol knew it was aimed at Islamic Sharia law.
Some Republicans voted for the bill fearing a “no” vote would be used against them at re-election time.
Leading Democrats insisted the bill would not have any effect, since no Kansas court or agency had even cited Sharia law.
But the sophomoric, circus-like atmosphere in the House of Representatives apparently carried the day, including at the governor’s office.
This fear-mongering law, offensive to Muslims and many others, deserved to die in the Legislature, and if not there, on the governor’s desk.
If Gov. Brownback had, indeed, acted as his much-advertised, tolerant self, the bill would not have been allowed to become law.