There is no evidence that Islamic law is encroaching on our courts. On the contrary, the court cases cited by anti-Muslim groups as purportedly illustrative of this problem actually show the opposite: Courts treat lawsuits that are brought by Muslims or that address the Islamic faith in the same way that they deal with similar claims brought by people of other faiths or that involve no religion at all. These cases also show that sufficient protections already exist in our legal system to ensure that courts do not become impermissibly entangled with religion or improperly consider, defer to, or apply religious law where it would violate basic principles of U.S. or state public policy.
New understandings of the law: Not all Americans are equal. Sepia Mutiny has a two articles (1, 2) on how laws are being created ad hoc for Muslims, or how old laws are being re-read to apply in situations that they weren’t meant to. After London, flying has apparently become quite the ordeal. I have missed it so far, but travel season is coming up for me now. Al-Muhajabah Aziz at City of Brass Sepia Mutiny On a slightly lighter note, HijabMan has a wonderful post on how Muslim men do/don’t like a little naked Kate Moss with their prayers.
Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com. Just think about this for a minute. Barack Obama, like George Bush before him, has claimed the authority to order American citizens murdered based solely on the unverified, uncharged, unchecked claim that they are associated with Terrorism and pose “a continuing and imminent threat to U.S. persons and interests.” They’re entitled to no charges, no trial, no ability to contest the accusations. Amazingly, the Bush administration’s policy of merely imprisoning foreign nationals (along with a couple of American citizens) without charges — based solely on the President’s claim that they were Terrorists — produced intense controversy…
Old news, but apparently Joe Lieberman (More R than not – Conn.) is going to speak at John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel conference. Just so you know Hagee said “Jews have dead souls.” I suppose politics does really trump religion. At least the Israelis recognize the absurdity of Lieberman’s position. Judaism