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A proposed Pennsylvania law to ban courts from considering any "foreign legal code or system" that doesn't grant the same basic rights as the federal and state constitutions was drafted by an anti-Islam activist but is drawing fire from some Jews.

They believe House Bill 2029 could compromise the divorce cases of Orthodox Jews and religious matters that end up in civil court. To examine this, Deborah Fidel, executive director of the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee, organized a forum for 7 p.m. today at Rodef Shalom Congregation, Shadyside.

Scholars of Jewish, Islamic and Catholic law will discuss how their religious codes interact with civil courts.


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