Picking up where former Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, left off in 2011, GOP Rep. Dan Flynn has filed House Joint Resolution 43, which would amend the Texas Constitution to protect against the enforcement of any religious or cultural law. After Berman got roundly mocked for filing his bill – which he said was necessary to ward off Islamic Sharia law that he said he'd heard was being enforced in Dearborn, Mich., where there is a large Muslim population – one might think that those who remain under the Capitol might distance themselves from such a measure. Not Flynn. Regardless, we doubt this has much chance to pass – if only because it would not only mean no Sharia law, but no Biblical law either. Of course, that may not be pleasing to folks like, oh, say, Flynn, who has also filed a bill that would forbid school board trustees from banning the posting of the Ten Commandments in a public school classroom (HB 51). Although a posturing bill at best, don't be shocked if it gets traction.
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