Want to add that no state has explicitly made this illegal, yet. The states where they’re claiming illegality are using wiretapping laws that require two-party consent for recording conversations and video. Of course, that doesn’t apply to places where people don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy. So they arrest you, hold you for a few days, threaten prosecution and so forth - I don’t think anyone’s actually been fully prosecuted and convicted under it. It’s used as an intimidation tactic.
But this kind of intimidation tactic employed by the government against its citizens is frightening.
Got a new copy of The Hangover on Blu-ray? Then let’s hope you’re not trying to watch it with a Samsung Blu-ray player, or you might be in for a headache of your own. Samsung recently updated the firmware of its devices, and now users are reporting that a large number of Blu-ray titles from Warner Bros. and Universal don’t play anymore.
One customer reports that he called Samsung’s customer support, only to be told that it would take the company up to a year to provide a fix.
The Park 51 Community Center (previously known as the Cordoba Center and misnomered as the “Ground Zero Mosque”) is designed to be a place for the Muslim community in lower Manhattan to come together to play, celebrate art and music, learn, worship and teach others about their…
The essence of contract law is that consenting adults can form whatever kind of legally binding private law they want. Courts will enforce it—but only against the people who consented to it. It’s elegant. You’re free from all laws and obligations—except those you agree to be bound by. At least, that’s the idea.
It gets tricky around the edges. What constitutes agreement? Can you consent to something you don’t understand? When is consent meaningful? Etc. But the general idea is fairly solid. It allows diverse people who do things differently to coexist in the same legal system.
But recently, the Republicans have been against coexistence. Enforcing contracts is great—but the word “Sharia” is apparently terrifying. They seem to believe that courts enforcing contracts involving, for example, Islamic Banking, would taint our government as surely as the flouridation of water taints our precious bodily fluids. I can’t tell if this paranoia is insane or just stupid.
We have a civil, generally secular legal system. And if somebody wants to enter into a banking contract that involves profit or loss sharing rather than interest, that shouldn’t be objectionable. And shouting “OMG Sharia law is taking over the country” doesn’t make it a better or worse idea. Rather than panic, let’s take a healthy approach.
Is there anything useful we could learn or use in Islamic banking? If so, let’s use it.
Is there anything in Islamic Banking that is a threat to civil society or against public policy? If so, let’s identify that and either pass the necessary laws to regulate it or simply let the courts decline to enforce terms they deem unconscionable or void as against public policy. If not, let’s not get too worked up over consenting adults and informed adults doing things that don’t affect us at all.
Their structure for home loans seems absolutely useful and more consumer-balanced than current mortgages. Sharing the risk between home-buyer and financier is the best way to keep the financier honest. Especially if they are prohibited from repackaging it as ‘debt’ (since it’s not, strictly speaking, debt!).
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