A national group that lobbies for Muslim civil liberties asked the S.C. Legislature on Friday to drop a bill that would ban Sharia law from being used as a defense in state courts, saying it is unconstitutional.

Council on American-Islamic Relations attorney William Burgess said the bill violated the Constitution's Establishment Clause on religion because it is designed to attack Muslim religious principles.

Sharia law is the legal framework where the public and some private aspects of life are regulated under legal systems based on Islam.

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