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Submitted by Sam (United States), Mar 5, 2004 at 17:47

Interesting -- having the "source" of law be the Sharia, basically guarantees the clerics will remain in power. Technically, American law should not violate the Constitution, but anyone sufficiently familiar with Supreme Court decisions realizes the interpreters are the ones who control the law. So, the official interpreters of the Sharia will decide whether particular bills violate the Sharia. Chances are that these official interpreters will be the religious leaders who want to see Islamic law as the sole source of law, and thus they will strike down any law they see fit. I don't know if their legal system is advanced enough yet to include concepts of ripeness or mootness, but if not the clerics will essentially have veto or revocation power.

Thus, I'd agree this signals a victory for militant Islam.
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