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Opponents in Philadelphia say bill on Sharia law unfair to Muslims
by Tom MacDonald
A bill in Harrisburg that opponents say is targeted against Muslims has followers of that faith upset.
House Bill 2029 would ban Pennsylvania courts from considering any foreign legal code or system that isn't identical with the Constitution. Muslim activists say that it is specifically targeted against the practice of Sharia Law—a religious code for Muslims that has the power of law in some countries. Council on American-Islamic Relations Attorney Amara Chaudhry says this would block freedom of religious expression.
"This is not a new faith. We are not a foreign faith. And yes this dangerous, clearly stated discriminatory purpose on a publicly circulated document. You just don't get any more troubling than that," said Chaudhry.
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