Kansas Governor signs American Laws for American Courts Bill

26 05 2012

Friday afternoon, May 25, Governor Sam Brownback took a proactive step to secure Constitutional rights for all Kansans.  A bill that has been in process for about two years finally came to rest on the Governor’s desk after passing both houses of the Kansas Legislature in mid May.

The hardest fought battle was in the Senate after Committee leadership failed several attempts to stonewall and block the progression of the bill.   This law was actually dead three times during the process. Each attempt to stop it was met by a series of courageous individuals who stepped up and carried it on in the face of opposition from tenured committee leadership and media critics.  In a previous post, Kansas Passes American Laws for American Courts I detailed some of that process.

American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) underscores the American ideal of “all equal before the Law”. It is the reinforcing of the promises of government to guard and protect the individual rights and freedoms as granted under the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Kansas regardless of country or culture of origin, race, or religion.  It gives statutory direction to the Courts, which at times, without such laws to refer to, may use arbitrary means to reach a decision.

The HAMAS linked CAIR (Council for American Islamic Relations), a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate, had mounted its expected attack on Kansas.  They mounted a national campaign for Muslims to contact Governor Brownback and tell him to veto the bill.

What hasn’t made the news, to my knowledge, is that this bill has been endorsed by the American Islamic Leadership Coalition, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President and Founder of American Islamic Forum for Democracy, and has been examined and ruled as Constitutional by the Congressional Research Service. Unlike the Oklahoma ballot initiative of  2010, it has yet to be challenged in court in any state where ALAC has become law.

Since the Legislature had adjourned (sine die) prior to the end of the usual waiting period, the Governor had to sign SB 79 in order for it to become law.  That might have been the more politically expedient action for him to take; allow it to expire without his signature.

Nonetheless, in spite of the mis-information, and sensationalist and even international campaign waged by CAIR and other Muslim Brotherhood affiliates, along with some uninformed citizens to marginalize the bill, proponents of the bill, the Governor and the overwhelming majority of the Kansas Legislature and Kansas citizens, the Governor chose to step up and make a public statement for individual liberties for every citizen, regardless of gender, religion, or cultural background.  Brownback will, no doubt, receive a tongue lashing from the media, left wingers everywhere, and pro-Islamist groups around the country and the globe.  He is not a newcomer to politics and to coin a phrase, that took some guts.

CAIR’s call to action lambasted the Kansas Legislature, and Kansas citizens, as Islamophobic, Muslim hating bigots, and that this law will forbid free exercise of Islamic religious beliefs.

Well, if your free exercise of your religious beliefs goes contrary to the Constitution, and existing Kansas and American Law, then I suppose that would apply.  Things like polygamy, slavery, inequity in legal status, stoning, suppression of the rights of other individuals (Muslim or non-Muslim), misogyny, yes, these things are contrary to our laws.

It’s sort of like driving the wrong way on a one way street.  It’s against the law, no matter who you are, or why you do it! Now if you get caught you can’t hide behind your religion, no matter what it is.

If your religious beliefs lead you to action that is legal under American or Kansas Law, such as your choice of diet, abstaining from alcohol or tobacco, pray 5 times a day (not blocking traffic), adhere to a dress code,  go to church on Sunday, synagogue on Saturday, mosque on Friday, or any other religious expression which complies with the law,  and does not infringe on the rights of others, knock yourself out!

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Kansas Passes American Laws for American Courts!

12 05 2012

Over two years ago I was honored to become part of the team to present ALAC to the Kansas Legislature.  It has been a long hard battle, and my first real inside look at how the political process works. Oh, I have pretty much always been active and interested, but never on such a personal and crucial level.  It has been a roller coaster ride that I will not soon forget and unless you’ve actually been involved close up, there is no way to understand it, let alone explain it!  Human nature is vividly revealed in this arena, and character is exposed for all to see!  I was proud of the team I have been involved with and they have become very close and dear to my heart; all brothers and sisters in Christ, and all men and women of high character and humility.

I still am reeling from the shock that the Kansas Senate passed ALAC,  33-3!!

There were more opposing speeches given than opposing votes!  Vicious lies were spewed about the contents and intents of SB 79 during debate by Senate Committee Leaders. At least 4 Senate Leaders testified against the bill;  one Senator changing  his mind from supporting in Committee to opposing, along with the Senate Judiciary Chair,  who still doesn’t even know why he signed on in Committee!! I Do!!
Great support was given by many Senators, and when the dust settled 33 had voted for and 3 against. This in a Senate Chamber that has been run by liberal Republican leadership and have basically smacked down nearly every conservative legislation that has appeared in its chambers.  Most of these bills were going down by narrow margins of 3 to 6 votes.
On Wednesday, we had such a huge setback! The brother of a Muslim woman in Wichita (court case pending) had asked for a press Conference with the Center for Security Policy, who were the chief engineers of ALAC on the national level.  We held a press conference in Topeka and this guy backed out, and essentially the wheels fell off our wagon.  I really expected the press to crucify us but it wasn’t as bad as I anticipated. Amid the confusion of all the other fights and melee in the Capital that day, our deal was not so big.
One of our team members had made a comment Wednesday after our disaster that Jesus did not turn the water into wine until they had run out of wine.  Well said my friend!  We were totally out of the fight when He moved and showed us all!  We had to be totally removed from having any part in what God was about to do!  He chose one young faithful Senator to accomplish the impossible, and it was incredible to behold the events as they unfolded. For over an hour debate ensued, and by the end of the second hour the vote was tallied.  Everyone was asking each other if those numbers where correct. What just happened? Is this for real? How can that be? God just revived a bill which had died 3 times in the past year!
This event could very well be the dynamite that breaks the logjam in the Kansas Legislature.  This event is already a defining moment in the coming elections! It may be the defining moment in the future of Kansas!
If you know anything about the history of the United States, you know Kansas has played a major part in events that have shaken the Nation to its very core.  From the Kansas-Nebraska Act which sparked the Civil War, to Brown v Board of Education, Kansas has a long history at the tip of the spear of moral and spiritual battles in our country.  For over 7 years prior to the Civil War, there were buckets of blood soaking into Kansas soil while struggling to establish the  American ideal of  “All men equal under the Law” that had been written into the Constitution.  Kansas motto is “Ad Astra Per Aspra”, Latin for “To the Stars through Difficulty”.  She wanted to come into that field of blue on the American Flag, a Free State where all men are considered equal under protection of the law of the Land.
American Laws for American Courts underscores that ideal. It is the reinforcing of the promises of government to guard and protect the individual rights and freedoms as granted under the United States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Kansas regardless of country or culture of origin, race, or religion.  It gives statutory direction to the Courts, which at times, without such laws to refer to, may use arbitrary means to reach a decision.
A reporter asked me if I didn’t think it redundant to pass a law that does the same thing as the Constitution?  Considering that many Judges, lawyers, and citizens in general do not read, abide by, understand, or even think about the Constitution anymore…my answer?
“Yes.”
UPDATE:  The HAMAS linked CAIR (Council for American Islamic Relations), a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate, has mounted its expected attack on Kansas.  They have mounted a national campaign for Muslims to contact Governor Sam Brownback and tell him not to sign the bill. CAIR’s call to action lambasts Kansas Legislature, and Kansas citizens, as “Islamophobic, Muslim hating bigots, and that this law will forbid free exercise of Islamic religious beliefs.
Well, if your free exercise of your religious beliefs goes contrary to the Constitution, and existing Kansas and American Law, then I suppose that would apply.  Things like polygamy, slavery, inequity in legal status, stoning, suppression of the rights of other individuals (Muslim or non-Muslim), yes, these things are contrary to our laws.  It’s sort of like driving the wrong way on a one way street.  It’s against the law, no matter who you are, or why you do it!
If your religious beliefs lead you to action that is legal under American or Kansas Law, such as your choice of diet, abstaining from alcohol or tobacco, pray 5 times a day (not blocking traffic), adhere to a dress code,  or any other religious expression which complies with the law,  knock yourself out!







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