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Pa. bill attacked as being 'Islamophobic'
by Michael Matza
A rabbi, an interfaith leader, and a Temple University professor joined the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Wednesday to denounce as "Islamophobic" a Pennsylvania bill they say is an attack on sharia law, which is followed by devout Muslims.
House Bill 2029, introduced by Rep. Rosemarie Swanger (R., Lebanon), says state courts shall not, in deciding cases, "consider a foreign legal code or system" that lacks "the same fundamental liberties" as the state and federal Constitutions.
The language is plain and seems innocuous. Swanger's June 14 letter promoting the bill to her colleagues, however, repeatedly mentioned sharia law as a menace.
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