With conservative lawmakers across the United States trying to outlaw sharia, or Islamic religious law, Jewish organizations are concerned that halachah could be next.
If the state legislative initiatives targeting sharia are successful, they would gut a central tenet of American Jewish religious communal life: The ability under U.S. law to resolve differences according to halachah, or Jewish religious law.
“The laws are not identical, but as a general rule they could be interpreted broadly to prevent two Jewish litigants from going to a beit din,” a Jewish religious court, said Abba Cohen, the Washington director of Agudath Israel of America, an Orthodox umbrella group. “That would be a terrible infringement on our religious freedom.” [JTA]
The JTA article highlights one of the many issues with the ongoing craziness about Sharia. One of the ongoing trends in our current political discourse, if one can call it discourse, involves hysterical attacks on non-issues without the slightest concern for how any legislation might affect real issues. In this case, the boogie man is sharia but “voter fraud,” “‘long form’ birth certificates,” “attacks on the second amendment,” “over taxation,” and a host of others are just as maddening and just as dangerous.
Via Dispatches From the Culture Wars