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Adam Serwer wrote today about a Minnesota program that offered mortgages compliant with Islamic law, structured to avoid interest payments. The program was a response to then-Governor Tim Pawlenty's push to increase minority home-ownership, and Serwer speculates that Pawlenty may find himself pushing back on the growing fears among Republicans that programs like this could somehow expand Islamic law in America.

But a Pawlenty spokesman told me that the governor has no intention of defending the program -- and that in fact, he shut it down himself as soon as he learned of it.


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