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Sharia law and women's rights

Oklahoman Published: January 21, 2012

That the federal courts recognize Sharia law as only a religion and not a system of law (in which abortion is banned) is akin to denying that the U.S. system of law was informed by Judeo-Christianity, as witnessed by the profession that we're endowed by our Creator (a tenet of theistic religion) with inalienable rights. Since the federal courts have been staunch defenders of the Roe v. Wade decision, never allowing any challenge to that decision in favor of women's rights to come anywhere near to overturning that right, it defies all understanding that the same court system could defend a code of law so opposed to such women's rights. This is witnessed by the dilemma facing the Sharia law judges in Iran who are having such a difficult time determining if they can hang, rather than stone to death, a woman for adultery — a common, ordinary activity that American women are free to choose to participate in at any time.

Mike Bourgeois, Baton Rouge, La.

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