Sharia Law in Texas?

by | Jan 31, 2015

Addressing the news that a non-profit Muslim organization in Texas is offering to privately settle disputes on a voluntary basis between those who see Sharia law as binding, Judge Andrew Napolitano points out that privatized justice should be welcomed in the United States among those who reject state meddling in private affairs.

Judge Napolitano, an RPI Board Member, points out that there are religious courts for all religions all across the world, Roman Catholic, Orthodox Jew, Presbyterian, Methodist, Muslim. “The people who appear before those courts are looking for the resolution of a dispute that at its core is integral to their religion and they are there voluntarily,” he explained.

Although the Judge sees aspects of Sharia law as “repugnant” and says it could never be enforced in toto by the US government, there are those in, for example, custody disputes who would rather allow a mutually agreed upon religious panel rather than a US judge settle their differences.

Although some of the hosts shrieked at the thought of such panels deciding disputes, Judge Napolitano explained that such private conflict resolution organizations actually relieve the government of the burden of settling such disputes and as such are a net positive in society.

Watch the Judge on Sharia law in Texas here:


  • Daniel McAdams

    Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and co-Producer/co-Host, Ron Paul Liberty Report. Daniel served as the foreign affairs, civil liberties, and defense/intel policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, MD (R-Texas) from 2001 until Dr. Paul’s retirement at the end of 2012. From 1993-1999 he worked as a journalist based in Budapest, Hungary, and traveled through the former communist bloc as a human rights monitor and election observer.

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