09 November 2010

Should we be concerned about sharia?

.... A Moroccan woman in New Jersey filed for a restraining order against her husband after he repeatedly had sex with her against her will. The Hudson County judge ruled that, although the evidence showed that her husband had assaulted and harassed her, a restraining order was unnecessary because the defendant was acting in accordance with his religious beliefs.

But like all bad judicial decisions, the ruling was quickly overturned on appeal and the husband now faces up to 20 years in jail.

Though this case is atypical, it nonetheless prompted an Oklahoma ballot initiative last Tuesday to change the state’s constitution to ban international and sharia law from being used when deciding state court cases. Though the results are still uncertified, the measure passed with a resounding 70 percent. [Cincinnati.Com] Read more [via National Secular Society]