Does Islamic law, Sharia, have a place in American courts? A lot of state legislatures don't think so, and there is a large movement to ban its application in the domestic courts, state and federal.
WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Does Islamic law, Sharia, have a place in American courts? A lot of state legislatures don't think so, and there is a movement to ban its application in domestic courts, state and federal.
It's one of those national issues that for now is not before the U.S. Supreme Court, but almost inevitably will be before the justices somewhere down the line, even if just in the petition stage.
Sharia, based on the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, is often a consideration in family issue cases involving U.S. Muslims. But its precepts apply to all aspects of life, and its severest critics allege it is a factor in some acts of terror.
For months, hundreds of St. Louis Palestine solidarity activists, environmental and water justice activists, workers, students, business owners, and others have been asking the St. Louis Board of Estimate & Apportionment (E&A) to say NO to a $250,000 city water contract (details below) with Veolia, a French multinational corporation involved in human rights abuses in Palestine, environmental and labor abuses, privatization of public resources, and other misdeeds. In December, St. Louisans packed the E&A meeting, prompting officials to shelve the contract until they could investigate the company. In January and February, hundreds converged on City Hall, prompting officials to call for a public hearing on the matter.
In spite of all this, when the St. Louis Dump Veolia Coalition met with a representative of Mayor Slay last month, Slay’s representative said that the Mayor did not sense much public opposition to Veolia. It’s clear that the Mayor needs to hear from you!