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I’m currently visiting family in Oklahoma, the state that passed a law last year that made it illegal for judges to rule using Sharia instead of State and Federal law. (Because clearly that’s where Oklahoma was heading.) But my sister pointed out to me a new bill OK’s state Senator Ralph Shortey has introduced that makes the Sharia thing look wise and measured: It’s a bill that makes it illegal for companies to use human fetuses in food. Seriously:
“No person or entity shall manufacture or knowingly sell food or any other product intended for human consumption which contains aborted human fetuses in the ingredients or which used aborted human fetuses in the research or development of any of the ingredients.”
To date the number of companies that have done or considered such a thing (that we know of!) is zero. But one must always remain vigilant, I suppose.
It will come as a surprise to absolutely no one that since being elected in the anit-Obama whack-a-mole derby that was the 2010 election, Shorty has also introduced these other bills:
* Bill that would deny US citizenship being recognized in the state for people born of illegal immigrants
* Bill that would allow the police to confiscate the cars, houses and all other property of illegal immigrants
* Bill that would require a presidential candidate to produce a “real” birth certificate in order to be placed on the OK ballot
None of these bills has yet become law, and even if they did they would soon be struck down in the way OK’s Sharia law was. But all these Oklahoma laughingstock bills and laws – protecting the base against Sharia and Fetus Food alike – do suggest that the panic buttons that the right wing media machine presses so irresponsibly are taking hold in their intended audience. And I find this somewhat unnerving.