The State Senate passed the bill known as House Substitute to Senate Bill 79, last week. It's official nickname is "American Law for American Courts."
It's designed to force courts to follow only the constitutions of Kansas and the United States, but some fear it will have unintentional consequences.
Hussam Madi, an Imam with the Islamic Society of Wichita says, House Substitute for Senate Bill 79, will make ultimately make it harder for him, and other religious people of different faiths to practice as they choose.
"It will have an effect on anybody, then that law can be used in that system against anybody of such groups that would like to follow as a certain way as a freedom of religion, freedom of faith, freedom of belief," says Madi.
Republican Senator Jean Schodorf says some of the concern with the bill is that it discriminated against one religion. She says she received a letter from many religions, rabbis, ministers, and other religious authorities saying that it did not discriminate against any religious group.
Part of the issue is Shari'ah, the law used by Muslims to govern themselves. Even though the bill does not specifically single out Shari'ah, or any other religious law specifically, legislatures used the word "Shari'ah" in their debates about the bill.
"Why would they bring Shari'ah law if it's just a bill that has to do with just the law over everybody, so why Shari'ah?" asks Madi. "Shar'ia is a word used by Muslims which means we derive our wills, our way of living, the way we conduct ourselves according to the revelation, that's the whole meaning of the word itself," he adds.
Madi says many people misinterpret Shari'ah, by saying that it encourages violence against women. Madi says this is untrue.