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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Bill banning application of religious law dies in Florida Senate

By Marcy Oster, JTA March 11, 2012

Legislation that would ban the application of religious or foreign law in marriage, divorce or custody cases stalled in Florida's state Senate. The Senate failed to bring the measure to a vote by March 9, the end of the current legislative session. It...

Fla. House passes religious law bill

JTA March 4, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Florida House of Representatives passed legislation opposed by Jewish and Muslim groups that would ban the application of religious or foreign law in marriage, divorce or custody cases. The bill is one of a number around the country...

Islamic parties dominate in new Egyptian parliament

JTA January 22, 2012

JERUSALEM—The fundamentalist Islamic political party the Muslim Brotherhood won 47 percent of the seats in the new Egyptian Parliament. An alliance of ultraconservative Islamist parties, the Salafi Al-Nour, also won 25 percent of the vote in the first...

Letters to the Editor, week of Nov. 23, 2011

November 23, 2011

Interfaith opportunity should not be missedThere comes a moment in time when the decision to act, to make a committment, to pay back for what others have done for us is upon us. The time has come.In the 1990s in Billings, Mont. a brick was thrown through...

John Chasnoff of the American Civil Liberties Union and Gail Wechsler of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis join Muslims in Jefferson City, Mo. on April 12 to protest a proposed law banning sharia.  (Missouri News Horizon / Creative Commons)

Anti-sharia laws stir concerns that halachah could be next

By Ron Kampeas, JTA, WASHINGTON May 4, 2011

With conservative lawmakers across the United States trying to outlaw sharia, or Islamic religious law, Jewish organizations are concerned that halachah could be next.If the state legislative initiatives targeting sharia are successful, they would gut...

Letters to the editor: Editorial on House bill draws support

April 6, 2011

The editorial "Standing Up to Fear Mongering" appropriately and eloquently takes the Missouri House of Representatives to task for wasting time on a proposal to amend the Missouri Constitution to prohibit Missouri courts from applying Sharia law. JCRC...

Editorial: Standing Up to Fear Mongering

March 30, 2011

While our state economy is recovering at a snail's pace from the dread recession caused largely by greed and market manipulation (practices utilized by many raised and well-versed in the so-called Judeo-Christian tradition, the relevance of which should...

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