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Veto of Shariah bill could be teaching moment

"People will ask, 'How narrow has that state become?'" Sen. Tim Owens, R-Overland Park, said about the Legislature's near unanimous approval last week of a bill preventing state courts from using Shariah or other foreign laws in making decisions (even though this protection already exists in the Constitution). News of the bill's passage has received national attention – and not in a flattering way. A Winfield Daily Courier editorial urged Gov. Sam Brownback to treat the bill as a teaching moment. "If our governor vetoed it," the editorial said, "he would let the country and the world know we were not in a radical, ideological backwater, but ready to compete on our merits in a global economy."