Beth Van Duyne

Thursday, Mayor Beth Van Duyne and the city of Irving, Texas supported Texas House Bill 563. According to CBS Dallas, the bill:

 “...forbids the use of foreign law and codifies the supremacy of U.S. and state law.”

The Dallas Morning News reports that Van Duyne says House Bill 563 has nothing to do with religion:

“'This bill does not reference Shariah, Islam or even religion. It has nothing to do with preventing any tribunal,' Van Duyne told the crowd. 'Why anyone would feel this is hatred or bigotry is absolutely beyond me.'”

Many Muslims in the Dallas suburb believe the bill is in response to an Islamic tribunal opening its doors in the area last year.

CBS Dallas reports that Omar Suleiman, an Irving resident, expressed his misgivings at a city council meeting:

“I think it’s the most disgraceful day in the city of Irving.”

“The elephant in the room is that it’s the anti-Shariah bill.”

In a Facebook post last month, Mayor Van Duyne wrote that she is working with state representatives on strengthening current Texas laws that would prohibit the implementation of any foreign law:

“Currently, Texas Supreme Court precedent does not allow the application of foreign law that violates public policy, statutory, or federal laws. However, now that this issue has emerged in our community, I am working with our State Representatives on legislation to clarify and strengthen existing prohibitions on the application of foreign law in violation of constitutional or statutory rights.”

During a city council meeting, Mayor Van Duyne voiced her position regarding U.S. local, and national, laws:

“Respect them, obey them, embrace them.”

The Blaze's Jason Howerton asked Van Duyne if she had any reservations over her recent stance:

“No. As an elected official, I took an oath that I would fight for and defend the constitutional rights of residents and I’m going to continue doing that.”

According to The Blaze, the local mayor met with the Irving Islamic Center several times following her Facebook post. Islamic leaders asked her to apologize for “stirring up Islamophobia,” but Van Duyne denied their requests.

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