I can't foresee hordes of Muslim jihadists galloping from Weston and Lincoln counties on their way to Cheyenne, wielding 2nd Amendment-protected scimitars while riding wild horses on loan from the BLM.

I can't foresee references to, much less the implementation of, state courts adopting Sharia law, either.

Rep. Gerald Gay, R-Casper, introduced a proposed constitutional amendment [House Joint Resolution 8] -- requiring two-thirds majority votes in the House and Senate, a governor's signature, and a majority of those casting ballots in the November 2012 general election -- that would forbid courts from considering international law or Sharia law when deciding cases. (For what it's worth, Muslims have been debating Sharia for centuries; and the College of Law at UW probably doesn't have any room in its budget for more courses and profs.)

The resolution would have to pass both the House and the Senate with two-thirds majority votes before an amendment could be placed on the ballot -- requiring a majority of all votes cast) for the November 2012 election. Makes you tired just thinking about it.

That political difficulty aside, a few well-established matters in law and practice in Wyoming will impede the advance of Islamic law for a long time to come:

1. Nobody's proposing abolishing the Department of Revenue's Liquor Division, the state wholesale liquor distribution center, or the Beacon Club.

2. Likewise, nobody's out to shut down any hog producers.

3. Payday loan businesses still will charge bleepity-percent interest to customers.

4. Babes still will wear bikinis at Jackson Lake and Alcova.

5. Fools still will gamble at bingo, casinos and Texas Hold 'Em.

On the other hand, the Wyoming Legislature appears to be succumbing to some Sharia practices:

1. Illegalizing gay marriage, and recognizing gay marriages performed in other states.

2. Not doing much about the gender-wage gap, which fits with Islam allowing both men and women to own property, but with a daughter's inheritance usually being half that of her brothers.

3. Occasional talk about our laws coming from God. Of course, the debate persists about just what God we're talking about.

 

Whilel Rep. Gay's idea is probably farfetched, I'll do my part to drink all the beer and eat all the barbecue I can, while scoping out the babes at Alcova.

 

 

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