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Legislature’s anti-sharia law bill is unnecessary and discriminatory

On Thursday, Jan. 25, Republicans in an Idaho House panel agreed to re-introduce an anti-sharia law legislation for the third year in a row. The goal of this legislation is to prevent Idaho courts from making decisions based on “foreign” legal codes. There is no known case in which an Idaho judge has based a ruling on Islamic law.

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A long record of women defying the status quo for a better world

During these dark days of winter, across the Jewish world, our lectionary carries us through Exodus, the second book in the Torah. This is deeply fitting, because when light is in short supply — both literally and metaphorically — the story of our liberation from Egyptian bondage provides hope and inspiration. The memory of our past deliverance can serve as a template for current and future resistance to oppression and injustice. And as 2018 opens, our nation is in dire need of such a course correction. Over the past year, our president and his administration have curtailed civil liberties, indulged in racism, xenophobia, misogyny and homophobia, gutted environmental protections, war-mongered, cut health care, and exacerbated the already grotesque abyss between rich and poor with a budget and tax bill that constitute a massive transfer of wealth to the one percent, funded through a large increase in the national debt.

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Behold the word becomes flesh ...

In his inimical way, C.S. Lewis describes the creation of the world: “The lion was pacing to and fro about that empty land and singing his new song... Polly was finding the song more and more interesting because she thought she was beginning to see the connection between the music and the things that were happening. When a line of dark firs sprang up on a ridge about a hundred yards away she felt that they were connected with a series of deep, prolonged notes which the Lion had sung a second before. And when he burst into a rapid series of lighter notes she was not surprised to see primroses suddenly appearing in every direction. Thus, with an unspeakable thrill, she felt quite certain that all the things were coming (as she said) “out of the Lion’s head” (C.S. Lewis Magicians Nephew p.126).

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