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Reader comment on item: Which Privileges for Islam?

Submitted by Alex Muller (United States), Mar 15, 2005 at 18:15

No, we should not move from the absract to the specific in our legal interactions with Muslim political demands, but evaluating each case relative to only previous precedent is not the answer either, because previous precedent is not necessarily justified. If it were, then the 3/5 clause would render the civil rights movement null and void.

Further, a false distinction between the public and private realms allows injustice to fester secretly until it catches its targets unawares and unprepared. In short, while evaluation by previous precedent allows one to distinguish rights from privileges, it ignores injustice, allowing it to circumvent the previously precedented system for conflict resolution.

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