And Hooper says opinions differ among Muslims about whether or not they can practice polygamy in the United States. He doesn’t mention U.S. law. By Maryclaire Dale for The Associated Press (thanks to Doctor Bulldog):
PHILADELPHIA (AP) “” A Muslim man who had taken a second wife in Morocco earlier this year was shot to death in his bed on the day he was to travel there, and his first wife has not been ruled out as his killer, authorities said Tuesday.
Jereleigh Morton’s first wife, Myra, told police she chased the intruder who shot him Sunday in their $1 million suburban home. But police found no signs of a break-in and focused their attention on the victim’s marriages after reading Myra Morton’s diaries.
Her 47-year-old husband was shot twice, at least once in the head. A gun holster was found on a dresser, and a handgun was outside a sliding glass door that leads from the bedroom to the yard.
No charges have been filed, but police took cheek swabs from Myra Morton to compare to DNA found at the scene, court papers show….
Myra Morton, 47, had reluctantly agreed to her husband’s second marriage and even traveled to Morocco this year to sanction it under Muslim law, authorities said. Prosecutors, however, think her husband may have married the other woman “” a woman in her 20s whom he met on the Internet “” even earlier than Myra knew.
“We’re working under the theory that she sort of approved it after the fact,” Castor said. “I think there was discussion, and she felt pressured into agreeing to allow it.”…
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that a minority of Muslims take second wives, and that Islamic scholars would differ on whether one could do so while living in the United States.
Do they, now? And what about American law? Do opinions differ about whether or not it allows bigamy, Ibrahim?
The Mortons converted to Islam about 20 years ago. They lived in a small city row house until reportedly receiving an $8 million medical malpractice settlement in 2005 over their teenage daughter’s death, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The girl, who died in 2001, had Crohn’s disease.