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 defendant in this case was Abdul Muhammad, a prison inmate in Arkansas who was told he was not allowed to grow a half-inch beard 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.
Liberals and conservatives were each very split on the case. Some thought that a ruling in Muhammad’s favor would bring Shariah Law closer to America. Others, even some conservatives, felt that ruling against him would violate his religious liberties.
“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 added that the fact that laws in 43 other states would have allowed Muhammad to grow a beard 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.