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Critics: Bill to shun foreign law in courts is anti-Muslim
by Julian Walker and Kathy Adams
A bill pending before the General Assembly has drawn the ire of Muslim rights advocates who say it's a thinly disguised effort to stigmatize Muslims and undermine their religious traditions.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations on Friday claimed that legislation by freshman Del. Rick Morris, an Isle of Wight Republican, would prevent courts from applying religious traditions to proceedings, such as the execution of a will, and is based on a template created by anti-Muslim extremists.
As written, Morris' HB631 would prohibit courts from relying on foreign law in their rulings if doing so would violate a citizen's federal or state constitutional rights.
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