Muslim and American? Straddling Islamic Law and U.S. Justice

Muslim and American? Straddling Islamic Law and U.S. Justice

Muslim and American? Straddling Islamic Law and U.S. Justice

Muslim and American? Straddling Islamic Law and U.S. Justice

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If they can kill each other during Ramadan, they can appear
before the grand jury, all they can’t do is eat before sunset. I
believe Mr. Al-Arian’s request is part of the attempted
Islamization of the American Justice System. I am not going
to put off Dr. Al-Arian’s grand jury appearance just to assist
in what is becoming the Islamization of America

Despite the incendiary words attributed to U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg, the relationship between America and its Muslim community often appears to be marked more by confusion and mistrust than the sort of subversion of the Justice system this court official seemed to imagine and fear. Routinely in the U.S., newspapers, magazines and the nightly news are filled with examples of cultures caught not in a grip of conflict, but of misunderstanding. Differences in cultural norms, political views and moral priorities often fuel this divide. The result may be interactions clouded by erroneous or

Statement of U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg in response to a motion to delay a judicial proceeding involving Defendant Sami Al-Arian to time after Ramadan. See Meg Laughlin, “Al-Arian Attorney Charges Bias,” St. Petersburg Times (Nov. 10, 2006).

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