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Are Parts of Michigan Governed by Shari'a Law?
by Johanna Markind • Jul 9, 2015 at 7:22 pm
In the city of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, public schools began serving halal lunches in 2013.
Public schools in the nearby city of Dearborn, Michigan, began serving halal lunches even earlier – in 2001, to be exact. Dearborn has also arrested Christian missionaries for proselytizing Muslims. (A federal appeals court originally affirmed a lower court decision finding the police actions permissible, then decided to rehear the case; its decision is pending.)
Today, the Dearborn Heights Police Department announced it was implementing new procedures specific to its handling of hijab-wearing women. Specifically:
Are these measures practical and adequate to protect public safety? Assuming that they are, at what point does "sensitivity" to some become unfairness to/unequal treatment of others? In its zeal to resolve the case and avoid potential liability under the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause, under which Malak Kazan sued, has Dearborn Heights opted instead to violate the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause and the First Amendment's Establishment Clause?
Will Dearborn's Police Department do likewise?