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In Virginia, JCRC lobbies against bill targeting 'foreign law'
by Zach Silberman
A bill making its way through Virginia's state legislature would place restrictions on the consideration of foreign laws – and likely religious laws, as well -- in the state's courts. And it is drawing opposition from the Jewish community.
Stopping HB 825 was the top priority item for Jewish advocates who were in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday lobbying legislators for Jewish Social Advocacy Day, sponsored by an array of local Jewish communal groups.
While the bill's text does not mention religion, critics -- and some supporters -- of the legislation view it as taking aim at Shariah, or Islamic religious law.
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