How anti-Shariah marches mistake Muslim concepts of state and religious law

Source: Religion New Service

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Women attend a “Freedom of Speech Rally Round II” across the street from the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix on May 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Nancy Wiechec

(RNS) On Saturday (June 10), Marches Against Sharia are planned in more than two dozen U.S. cities. News like this might generate two conflicting instincts.

On the one hand, the claim that Shariah is taking over American law seems far-fetched — almost paranoid — and maybe linked to Islamophobia. (Indeed, in this case, the group organizing the marches, ACT for America, is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “far and away the largest grassroots anti-Muslim group in America.”)

On the other hand, you’re probably not a fan of religious law, so if that’s what Shariah is, you don’t want to find yourself defending it – especially if it has anything to do with those ISIS videos.

Both instincts are right.  Shariah is not taking over American law, and the campaigns (and marches) against Shariah are unnecessary, serving only to increase fear and hatred toward American Muslims.

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