Second King Hearing Occurs, Sharia Becoming Polarizing Topic, Circumcision Debate Travels to England, and More: News Roundup

In the news this week: Rep King holds a second hearing, “sharia” gains political buzz, the circumcision debate crosses the pond, and other stories.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) held a second hearing on Muslim radicalization on June 17th. The focus of this hearing was prison inmates who adopt a radical interpretation of Islam (Detroit News). The hearing's comments and questions were largely split along party lines – democrats questioned the legitimacy of the hearing while republicans explored the potential reality that radical Islam is finding its way into U.S. prisons. 
 
The second of a series of hearings that King will hold as the House Homeland Security Committee Chairman, this week’s hearing garnered far less publicity compared to King’s first hearing in March. Those voicing concern are arguing, among other things, that what happens in Washington has global significance and that these hearings could be perceived as an attack on Islam (Long Island Press). 
 
Another topic gaining relevance in politics is “sharia”. Many presidential nominees are using opposition to the Islamic law as a platform, but arguably do not have a firm understanding of the concept (USA Today). In a related event, the Oklahoma constitution was recently changed to bar consideration of Islamic law in court decisions (NewsOK). Opponents are bringing a suit alleging that the change violates First Amendment rights.
 
While the debate over banning circumcision has been raging stateside, the media in England is just entering the debate. This week, the Guardian featured two articles on opposite sides of the issue. The first, written by two Oxford doctoral students, encourages readers to consider opposing the procedure, while the second, written by a barrister specializing in human rights, argues that a ban is discriminatory and lacks medical justification. Meanwhile, a California congressman is introducing a bill that would prevent municipalities nationwide from prohibiting the procedure (JewishJournal).
 
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