Tuesday, March 31, 2009

State Department and sharia law

Harold Koh, the Obama administration's nominee to be Legal Adviser to the Secretary of State, apparently sees no problem with adopting sharia law in the United States. According to an editorial in the Investor's Business Daily: "A New York lawyer, Steven Stein, says Koh in 2007 told the Yale Club of Greenwich that 'in an appropriate case, he didn't see any reason why Shariah law would not be applied to govern a case in the United States.'"

Koh, former dean of the Yale Law School, is in general sympathetic to the idea that U.S. constitutional law should be superseded by international law - including, apparently, sharia law. Wonder what he considers 'appropriate' ... and what commitments he will undertake for the United States if confirmed in his State Department post.

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