Wednesday, February 13, 2008

This is Not England

Last week, Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury (ie. the head of the Church of England) stated that the partial adoption of sharia law in Britain was both desirable and "unavoidable."

I'm not a huge fan of modern Establishment Clause jurisprudence, (particularly the notion that it is applicable to the states, which finds little support in the history of the clause). However, having a strong legal separation between religion and state in America certainly does have some very salutary policy effects. One of them is that we don't have to worry about being governed by sharia law.

Update/Correction: Changed the headline.

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