There is a growing Islamic movement across the United States. Islamic immigrants and converts to the Muslim faith have formed many tight-knit communities in many different areas of the country.
The Islamic community is now trying to effectuate change in the judicial and legislative processes through political means. The Muslim Brotherhood just formed an official political party for the purpose of getting Muslims elected to to positions of power.
One problem that communities and states around America face by the increased involvement of Muslims in the political, legislative and judicial process, is the attempt by some Muslims to institute Islamic civil law, known as Sharia law.
Sharia law is a problem because it is, for the most part, incompatible with established law like US Code and the US Constitution. Strict adherence to Sharia law allows for such things as honor killings, death sentences for adultery and prostitution and homosexuality, female genital mutilation, underage arranged marriages, and the beating of wives by Muslim men.
But some states are taking steps to ensure that Sharia law isn’t implemented in America, passing legislation that prevents or outright bans Sharia law being used in their state courts. States like Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Tennessee have all passed similar legislation.
However, the specific ban on Sharia law in Oklahoma was challenged and overturned because it was ruled discriminatory to a particular religion, Islam. To get around such a ruling, some states are writing their legislation in such a way as to not mention any specific religion, instead referring to “foreign laws” as having no effect or standing in US court.