A panel discussion in Tennessee moderated by the First Amendment Center took place this week, addressing a growing legal concern in the United States, reports MNN.

There are roughly 20 states that have legislative measures filed barring judges from considering Sharia law in their decisions. Four states have passed legislation. An earlier restatement of a Tennessee law would effectively criminalize the practice of Islam, punishing those individuals with up to 15 years in prison.

Open Doors advocacy coordinator Lindsay Vessey explains, "Sharia law is basically Islamic law, and that deals with everything from legal issues to social issues and marital issues--it basically controls every aspect of one's life."

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