Imam Mohamed Ahmed, a participant in Clergy Beyond Borders’ inaugural conference on “Human Rights in Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” now serves as a religious leader in a state which proposes criminalizing adherence to Shariah [Islamic law]. Imam Ahmed, of the Islamic Center of Nashville, told the Tennessean that he is preparing a series of community seminars on Shariah.
“What do you mean, really, by saying I can’t abide by Shariah law?” [Ahmed] said. “Shariah law is telling me don’t steal. Do you want me to steal and rob a bank?” Read the story and view a video of Imam Ahmed here.
Twelve more states in the U.S. have introduced laws that would ban Shariah. Arizona’s proposed law would also prohibit halakhah [Jewish law], canon [Christian church law] and karma [a Hindu concept concerning the result of actions; sort of like banning “causality” or “consequence”?] and tribal law. Read some clear detail on the proposed legislation at Gavel to Gavel and find a short analysis at Faith in Public Life.
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