Saturday, May 07, 2022
In early December 2021, seven Muslim American organisations, including HEART, published a letter arguing that Muslims must oppose the abortion ban. "By defining life as beginning at conception, this law adopts the religious belief of some Christians who believe that all abortion is immoral. But not all American Christians, nor Americans of other religions, share this belief. In other words, by picking one religious belief and enshrining it into law, Mississippi is infringing on constitutional protections for American religious diversity."
"In our view, Mississippi's law not only compromises the Constitution's protection of religious diversity among Americans, but also threatens an Islamic principle of honoring religious diversity. That same principle is consistent with the idea that a secular state should resist enacting laws based solely on the beliefs of one religion. We should applaud, not condemn, Muslims who are fighting against that impulse. Today the crusade to enshrine religion into state law is being fought over abortion rights, tomorrow it will be something else."
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