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A Coda on Sharia



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To review the argument following the latest posts by French and Yerushalmi: It remains the case that anti-sharia activists have identified a grand total of seven cases in 35 years in which American courts have allegedly enforced sharia or other foreign-law based judgments. In none of them were the serious injustices that advocates of anti-sharia laws typically invoke (honor killings and the like) remotely at issue. Scholars of religious liberty — some of them conservatives, all of them respected by conservatives — worry that the laws as written could threaten religious liberty. That’s a risk not worth taking to address a non-existent threat.



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