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Sharia vs Religious Arbitration

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Submitted by Jimmy (United States), Aug 12, 2011 at 13:16

In all this noise about Sharia law, which, in itself, must not be ignored, given the activism of Islamists and the reluctance of liberals to acknowledge it as a problem (as usual), there is the issue of private contracts and arbitration rulings based on mutually agreed-upon religiously-based law.

Specifically, the anti-Sharia law frenzy has misdirected its angst against these perfectly legal and reasonable instruments that are used by religious people of all stripes. There is, in my experience, the Jewish religious court, Bet Din, that makes rulings that have been accepted by courts as private arbitration agreements that are not contrary to prevailing local, state, and federal law. We must not allow the backlash against secular Sharia law implementation impact this kind of private use as it would interfere with the free exercise of religion.

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