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Muslim Advocacy Group Sues Over Okla. Shariah Ban

7 November 2010 Huffington Post 3 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

By Adelle M. Banks
Religion News Service

(RNS) A Muslim advocacy group filed suit Thursday (Nov. 4) in Oklahoma, saying a just-passed amendment forbidding judicial use of Islamic law is unconstitutional.

The suit, filed by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, seeks a federal district court’s order to prevent board of elections officials from enacting the constitutional amendment. Seventy percent of Oklahoma voters Tuesday approved State Question 755, which bans the use of shariah law in state courts.

Muneer Awad called the amendment a “gross transgression of the Establishment Clause” that would denigrate his faith. His 27-page complaint notes that the amendment’s author, state Rep. Rex Duncan, said the amendment would ensure that courts did not “undermine” the “Judeo-Christian principles” on which America was founded.

“The only interest consistent with both the language and operation of the Shariah Ban is an interest in harming an unpopular minority,” Awad’s complaint reads. “The goal was to stigmatize Islam by establishing in the public’s mind that Islam is something foreign and to be feared.”

Awad said the law will also restrict his freedom to exercise his religion because courts would not be able to follow the instructions in his will that refer to shariah law.

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  1. I am not sure that I understand why we would invoke sharia law. When people come from other countries they do not continue to follow the law of those countries they now must adhere to laws in this country. That said sharia law is directly affiliated with religion and the laws of the land and guidelines of religion are separate in this country. I am Catholic and I am very glad that the Pope does not dictate law in this country as I would have broken it monthly taking birth control pills. Leave religion in the mosque or church and laws to the government.

  2. There has never been a case of Shariah law being applied anywhere in the United States, nor is there any move to establish a Shariah court here. That fact puts this action firmly into the category of legislative bigotry. I wish I could say it is confined to Oklahoma. They must believe TImothy McVeigh was a Muslim?

  3. It’s a pointless law, since we’d never use Shariah law in the US anyway as far as I know, but that doesn’t matter!

    The fact that this stupid thing passed just screams how disgustingly ignorant people are and how our rights are being violated for the sake of fear! I’m glad someone is suing over it!

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