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Should Shariah Count in Court?
by Bryan Schwartzman
The nationwide push to ban Shariah, or Islamic law, from being considered within the scope of American jurisprudence has arrived in Pennsylvania -- with Jews actively lining up both for and against the measure.
On one side are those who consider the campaign xenophobic and a violation of longstanding legal precedent in which American courts have considered foreign and religious laws. They say such an action could apply to Jewish law and therefore affect Jews as much as Muslims.
On the other side are Jewish activists who contend that Islamic extremists seek to spread Shariah law -- either through terrorism or the legal system -- and American courts and judges are unwittingly aiding in that effort.
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