Elites pooh-pooh the danger of the more draconian forms of Shariah law ever taking root in the United States and point to the small number of adherents of this code as evidence of its harmlessness to Americans. They can only make these assurances, though, by completely ignoring evidence that this body of legal beliefs is already taking hold in some surprising places, namely American courts and schools..

For example, The Center for Security Policy reported in an in-depth study— Shariah Law and American State Courts: An Assessment of State Appellate Court Cases— on "50 appellate court cases from 23 states that involve conflicts between Shariah (Islamic law) and American state law."

"The analysis finds that Shariah has been applied or formally recognized in state court decisions, in conflict with the Constitution and state public policy."

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