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'Deseret News Sunday Edition' looks at Sharia law, women in computer science, football and faith's influence on education

By Candice Madsen, Deseret News

Published: Sun, Dec. 8 8:15 a.m. MST

 Deseret News Sunday Edition with Dave McCann.

Deseret News Sunday Edition with Dave McCann.


The "Deseret News Sunday Edition" runs weekly on KSL-TV at 9 a.m. on Sundays and highlights six areas of editorial emphasis: family, faith in the community, excellence in education, values in media and culture, causes related to helping the poor and financial responsibility.

This week's "Deseret News Sunday Edition" begins with a closer look at Sharia law, which is the moral code and religious law of Islam. In the U.S., seven states have passed laws prohibiting state judges from considering Islamic law in family cases. Critics say this action is part of a national anti-Muslim campaign and infringes on freedom of religion. But many scholars believe Sharia law encourages domestic violence against women. Human rights attorney Hauwa Ibrahim practices Sharia law and explains why it is often misunderstood. Her work in Nigeria has helped change the way the law treats women, the illiterate and the powerless.

Documentary filmmaker Erika Cohn also joins the discussion. The project "Three Judges" chronicles the journey of the first female Sharia judges in the Middle East.

The second segment of the show focuses on education and the need for more women in computer science fields. Kirk Love explains why women are often discouraged from entering the field and offers ideas to parents on how to engage your girls in computer science.

Two Texas students who want to be on the vanguard in making the digital universe more welcoming to women also shared their experiences.

In the final segment of the show, Dave McCann sits down with the president of the University of Notre Dame, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, and discusses football, faith and the influence both should have on education.

Follow this link for more "Deseret News Sunday Editions" from previous weeks.

Candice Madsen is a senior producer of special projects for KSL-TV and produces the weekly television program "Deseret News Sunday Edition." EMAIL:

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1. Hutterite
American Fork, UT,
Dec. 8, 2013

Football serves to remind us that anything we say about the importance of the academic component of an education is lip service.

2. John Locke
Ivins, , UT,
Dec. 8, 2013

My wife and I lived in the mid East for several years and learned of the customs, history, and traditions (tribal) of the people there. We traveled throughout Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. We visited Aleppo in Syria as well as Damascus; read the Qu'ran (Koran) and discussed it with my Arab friends. Sharia is religious law which to them which is there and should be the law of the land here. They do not civil courts, just religious courts, abiding by the Muslim religion.

Were Sharia law to be adopted in the United States or any of its cities, it would be religious, in nature, and not civil. Imams would issue fatwas to determine what we can and cannot do. You would be forced to recognize the Muslim religion, if not join it.

That is the way it is done in the mid East. If they are saying not, it's because they want to establish a foothold in order to eventually implement it. Our courts may eventually assist in this, claiming religious freedom guaranteed by the Constitution. That is not the case.

Misunderstood? Not really.

3. spring street
Dec. 8, 2013

@ John Locke: And Christians want to implement religious Christian law in the US. What is your point?

4. wrz
Phoenix, AZ,
Dec. 8, 2013

@spring street:
"John Locke: And Christians want to implement religious Christian law in the US. What is your point?"

His point is simply that we, in the US of A live under common law and constitutional law. Sharia law means women become slaves. The US tried that and it didn't work.

5. Whosaidthat
Mesa, AZ,
Dec. 8, 2013

The Muslim Religion is a government masquerading as a religion. Don't kid yourself that it is not.