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Calling it sharia shouldn’t make it scary

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Philadelphia – What’s so scary about sharia, or Islamic legal principles? According to a recent decision from a US Federal Appellate Court – one level below the Supreme Court – not much.

The recent decision of the 10th Circuit Court effectively blocks implementation of Oklahoma Law 755, also called the “Save Our State” measure. Law 755 was passed as a constitutional amendment by 70 per cent of Oklahoma voters in November 2010. Along with prohibiting courts from using “international law”, it also expressly “forbids courts from considering or using Sharia Law”. Similar laws have passed in Tennessee and Louisiana and comparable bills are pending in at least 20 states.

The 10th Circuit Court received the case after US District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange decided in favour of Muneer Awad, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma, who had sued to block the law. He claimed Law 755 violated his rights to religious freedom, which are protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Read more

Posted by on January 29, 2012. Filed under Americas,Law and Religion,Religion,Sharia,Sharia Law. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

One Response to Calling it sharia shouldn’t make it scary

  1. Jose

    January 30, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Read the whole article. And i have to say that this is the typical hogwash, that Islamists try to propagate with the hope that dumb, uninformed, leftist westerners readily buy into their persuasions.

    I’m from the subcontinent, and I lived there until a few years ago before coming to the west so my interaction with Muslims has been 1st hand. Not info that I’ve read on wiki. I’ve done extensive research on all aspects of the Islamic faith, to know this article is a load of garbage, written specifically with intent of soft-selling militant Islam to the west.

    Should I be afraid of Sharia law? Why don’t I take an opinion from Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani(apostate)? Or maybe ask Theo Van Gogh or Ayaan Hirsi Ali(Critic)? Or how about anybody of the LGBT community in Iran?

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