HOT BLAST: Religious laws in the United States, a primer
Apr 12, 2013 | 2663 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thanks to the Republican-led Alabama Legislature, our state is one of the many that has spent time the last few years trying to pass legislation banning the use of foreign or religious laws in state courts.

None of those bills have become law.

Nevertheless, this week the Pew Research Center published a report that examined -- in EXTREME detail -- how the use of religious "laws" are already used throughout the United States. The Pew report is so detailed that it breaks down the many different religions and denominations. It's a long but fascinating report.

Likewise, the Pew report contains state-by-state data that shows how so many state legislatures have tried (or succeeded) to feast on the scare-tactic that this has become. In the rush to pass hefty illegal-immigration laws that make lawmakers look tough -- particularly in states that do not have a foreign border or a high population of Latino residents -- these anti-religious laws have become both popular and prevalent.

Regardless of where you stand on this issue, the Pew report is worth your time. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.

-- Phillip Tutor

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