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  •  I believe that these "courts" function in the same (5+ / 0-)

    way in legal terms as any secular arbitrator. The parties sign a civil contract agreeing to abide by the terms of the arbitrator's decision. The religious court uses its traditional trappings and rituals, and decides under traditional religious law, but the fundamental basis is still an agreement under civil law. The religious court has no jurisdiction unless all parties agree to accept it, and its decisions can only be inforced by civil suits.
        Actually, I think there are similar sharia courts functioning in the US, too, on the same basis as mutually agreed arbitrators.  
       If I understand this correctly, in my opinion, there is nothing objectionable about people choosing this sort of religious arbitration to settle their disputes, as long as the parties aren't coerced.

    -7.25, -6.26

    We are men of action; lies do not become us.

    by ER Doc on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 09:13:15 AM PDT

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    •  Religion without coercion? Not much of that (0+ / 0-)

      around, if you allow for all the levels of it.
      Except for the FSM church and a few others, heh.

      ...as long as the parties aren't coerced.

      We’re Ready, Wendy’s Ready! WTF Are We Waiting For? Bring ‘em on! The revolution has begun! Come and take it!

      by Bluefin on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 02:17:40 PM PDT

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