Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1549 is fed over PBS on Friday, August, 3 at 5:00 p.m. (check local listings).
• Shariah Controversy - A growing anti-shariah movement seeks to ban state courts from considering foreign law, including Islamic law. Proponents say this is necessary to protect American security and interests. Opponents say the bans unfairly target Muslims. Five states have already passed versions of the legislation, and similar bills have been taken up in more than 20 other states. Kim Lawton examines what shariah is, how it’s used in US courts, and why the debate has been so polarized.
• Episcopal to Catholic Converts – A 2009 Vatican decree allows Anglicans and Episcopalians, including priests, to convert to Catholicism while retaining much of their liturgy and traditions. Bob Faw visits St. Luke’s parish in Bladensburg, Maryland, the first Episcopal Church in the U.S. to convert to Catholicism and talks to its priest, congregants and others about the reasons for its conversion and how the Vatican policy is affecting the Catholic and Episcopal churches.