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28 Jun, 2014

5 Myths the Media Needs to Stop Spreading About Sharia Law – Mic

One of the defining characteristics of the post-9/11 world has been a ubiquitous fear, in Euro-American countries, of the creepy imperial prowess of Islamic law — a prowess that never seems to exist outside the imaginations of overzealous protesters. The hysteria over Islamic law here in the United States, in particular, started back in November 2010 when Oklahoma became the first state to pass an anti-Sharia law bill.

The bill stipulated that Sharia law (the religious law of Muslims), characterized as “international law,” had no place in American courts. While the bill received overwhelming support in Oklahoma, it was struck down by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for being unconstitutional in 2012. Since 2010, however, more than 24 states have introduced or passed anti-Sharia law legislation. What started out as a small campaign created and led by two men, essentially, quickly became a quiet firestorm across the U.S. Despite its contribution to an atmosphere of distrust of Muslims and Islam, little attention is paid to the anti-Sharia legislation movement.

The rapid growth of the movement is in part because of the dearth of reliable and accurate information about Islam, Muslims and Islamic law.

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