Republican Beth Van Duyne became Mayor of Irving, Texas, in 2011 – a post she held until 2017. That year, the GOP leader made headlines by coming out openly against Muslim tribunals in her suburban Dallas community.
Van Duyne vowed to protect the United States Constitution (the law of the land) from foreign incursions such as Sharia law. Considered one of those rare politicians whose integrity is beyond reproach, this mayor got results as Irving became one of the safest municipalities in the nation and was ranked one of the best places to live.
According to one supporter, “Beth has always remained loyal to the values and wishes of her constituents and has not compromised them on the altar of political expediency so widely practiced by self-promoting politicians.”
In 2015, Van Duyne became aware that a group of Muslims was planning to set up a Sharia court in Irving. The inquisitive mayor visited the source of this news, a website called Islamictribunal.org that claims to help resolve business disputes, divorce cases, and community problems.
The Lone Star State mayor was shocked to find that, at the time, the imams (religious leaders) featured on the website called themselves “attorneys” and “judges” – despite the fact that none of them had passed the bar or had legal practices in the state. A phone number was provided for those seeking Islamic legal services.
Text at the bottom of the web page cautioned:
“Don’t send us any confidential material, before an attorney-client relationship has been established.”
The fee-based services listed as legal specialties included cases involving divorce, product liability, business, and real estate.
Van Duyne grew concerned because the men who enforce Sharia law cast women into an inferior status with limited civil rights that are protected for every citizen, regardless of gender, under U.S. law. She requested an investigation into the legality of this foreign initiative in North Texas.
Results from the inquiry proved very disturbing:
“The Islamic Tribunal was the first of its kind in the nation. Its members had begun deciding ‘non-criminal’ cases, even though none of the tribunal members was an attorney.”
Van Duyne voiced her disapproval on Facebook:
“Sharia Law Court was NOT approved or enacted by the City of Irving. Recently, there have been rumors suggesting that the City of Irving has somehow condoned, approved or enacted the implementation of a Sharia Law Court in our City. Let me be clear, neither the City of Irving, our elected officials or city staff have anything to do with the decision of the mosque that has been identified as starting a Sharia Court.”
The mayor’s post went on to remind everyone that she had sworn an oath when she took office to uphold Texan laws as well as the U.S. Constitution. Van Duyne pointed out that state law forbade “the application of foreign law that violates public policy, statutory, or federal laws,” and announced she was “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.”
Van Duyne reminded her fellow Americans that “their rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and I believe no one should subjugate themselves to anything less.”
The former mayor made her position crystal clear, saying, “please know if it is determined that there are violations of basic rights occurring, I will not stand idle and will fight with every fiber of my being against this action. Our nation cannot be so overly sensitive in defending other cultures that we stop protecting our own.”
For the record, the Islamic Tribunal website now sports a General Disclaimer that all content presented there is for informational purposes only because:
“This website does not provide legal advice and the Islamic Tribunal is not a law firm. None of our members are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice.”
Van Duyne then worked at passing legislation that would stop Sharia law courts or any other unAmerican legal groups from operating on U.S. soil. House Bill 562 addressed marriage and child custody while HB45 treated family law cases. Neither bill uses the words “Sharia law,” “Sharia,” “Muslim,” “Islamic,” or “religion” – to avoid accusations of Islamaphobia, the pejorative term coined by Muslim supporters to dodge anyone critical of their motives and means.
Although Muslim imams met with the Irving City Council and promised to support HB562, protest groups almost succeeded in blocking the bill, which passed by a narrow margin: five to four votes.
As of 2017, 11 states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Washington) had adopted laws prohibiting the application of foreign or religious law in state courts.
Van Duyne’s track record has been acknowledged by President Donald Trump who asked the Patriot to serve in the Department of Housing and Urban Development Office in Fort Worth.
Now, Van Duyne is running for Texas’ 24th Congressional District seat. The primary is slated for March 3, 2020, followed by the general election on November 3, 2020.
Conservative congressional contenders Jessica Taylor of Alabama, Michelle Fischbach of Minnesota, and Nancy Mace of South Carolina, have joined Van Duyne to campaign as the “Conservative Squad” – a direct rebuttal to the Leftist D.C. “Squad” of four junior female representatives who promote socialism, open borders, and taxpayer benefits for illegal aliens.