Does the First Amendment Protect Sharia Law?

   In an article written by Dr. Mary Assel, retired director of the English Language Institute at Henry Ford College, concerning the First Amendment in relationship to sharia, she used the title “Sharia Law,” which is in itself a great evidence that she does not have a clue of what she is talking about as I read her article with this title. Obviously, Dr. Assel does not know that the word “sharia” means “law.” 

   So when she says “sharia law,” she is actually saying “law law,” which proved to me that she is living in la-la land, and this can be proven from the first paragraph from her article when she stated: “For all religious, social and political institutions to be effective, it is crucial to establish guidelines, rules and regulations for its supporters. Accordingly, the Qur’an outlines religious or Sharia guidelines for its believers so that as a religious entity, Muslims may conduct a just, ethical and moral life. Sharia guidelines are found in the canon of Islam as are elements of faith in the canons of Christianity and Judaism. They are intended to protect believers’ rights in matters such as marriage, education, safety, dietary restrictions, inheritance and peaceful cooperation among themselves and others.”

   In this article, we will only respond to her introduction. In her statement, “all religious, social and p ...

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