It comes down to the melting pot versus the mosaic argument about American diversity. With all of our freedoms in this country and people from many varying backgrounds, customs and religious systems, is everyone following the same civic law?
Arizona, Tennessee, Louisiana and now Kansas now have laws forbidding state courts from considering foreign laws that contradict U.S. constitutional or state constitutional rights. Kansas enacted its law last week.
While none of these statutes mentions Shariah or Islamic law, Muslim activist groups believe the adoption of similar rulings across the country match a movement toward Islamophobia in the United States.
Shariah law was mentioned in an Oklahoma ballot initiative forbidding the use of Islamic law in legal decisions, but a federal appeals court reversed the vote, calling it a violation of the First Amendment.
What do you think?
What's more sovereign - divine law or man's law?
Should state governments limit private religious law as a consideration in court cases?