Your editorial dismissing the anti-Sharia law movement as "bigotry" was both troubling and misinformed ("Fueling anti-Islamic fears," Aug.8). It is the large parts of the Sharia code itself that are bigoted, not its opponents.

Sharia is both the acknowledged goal and threat doctrine of jihadist terrorist organizations such as al-Qaida, the Taliban, Hamas and Hezbollah.

Sharia is the exclusive law of the land in three countries: Saudi Arabia, Iran and Sudan, all nations that both support jihadist terrorism and have human rights records that are among the world's worst.

This is no coincidence. These countries do what they do because of strict adherence to the Sharia code. Perhaps that is why so many citizens of these nations — especially women, whose rights are almost non-existent under Sharia law — immigrate to the U.S. and other Western nations. They flee Sharia so that their individual liberties will receive the equal protection of the laws provided by our Constitution.

Keep in mind that the so-called "anti-Sharia" movement has no interest in banning or even interfering with Islamic worship.

But make no mistake: Sharia is unique among all religious legal systems in that it extends beyond the religious realm into military, legal and political issues. It is those aspects of Sharia that extend beyond the purely religious that worry those of us who seek to safeguard liberty.

Ron George,Annapolis

The writer, a Republican, represents Anne Arundel County in the Maryland House of Delegates.