The Supreme Court has made a ruling that could impact Shariah law in America.
In a 9-0 decision in the case of Holt vs. Hobbs, the Supreme Court ruled that “prison officials cannot arbitrarily ban peaceful religious practices.”
The case dealt with Abdul Muhammad, an inmate in Arkansas who was told he could not grow a half-inch before, even though he wanted to for religious reasons. According to the Conservative Tribune, the court ruled that “unquestionable deference” to the prison rules went against the law, and that lower courts “deferred to (Arkansas) prison officials’ mere say-so” in their rulings against Muhammad.
The case divided people in both political parties. Some felt that a ruling in Muhammad’s favor would be a victory for Shariah Law. Others, even some conservatives, felt that not allowing Muhammad to grow a beard violated his religious freedom.
“The court repeated a fundamental American principle today: government doesn’t get to ride roughshod over religious practices,” said Eric Rassbach, one of Muhammad’s attorneys.
“Where government can accommodate religion, it ought to,” he added. “What’s more, the court’s unanimous decision today, and the broad-based support among such diverse groups in this case, shows that religious liberty remains one of the central ideals of America that unifies us as a nation.”
The Supreme Court pointed out that 43 other states would have allowed Muhammad to grow a beard. This helped them come to their decision.
Do you see this as a victory for Shariah Law, or for religious freedoms? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.