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Arguments to take place in Oklahoma over ban on Islamic law in courts

22 November 2010 2 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

(CNN) — A federal judge will hear arguments Monday on a temporary restraining order against an Oklahoma referendum that would ban the use of Islamic religious law in state courts.

Oklahoma voters approved the amendment during the November elections by a 7-3 ratio. But the Council on American-Islamic Relations challenged the measure as a violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange issued a temporary restraining order November 8 that will keep state election officials from certifying that vote.

“What this amendment is going to do is officially disfavor and condemn the Muslim community as being a threat to Oklahoma,” Muneer Awad, executive director of CAIR’s Oklahoma chapter and the lead plaintiff in the suit, said earlier this month. In addition, he said, the amendment would invalidate private documents, such as wills, that are written in compliance with Muslim law.

The amendment would require Oklahoma courts to “rely on federal and state law when deciding cases” and “forbids courts from considering or using” either international law or Islamic religious law, known as Sharia, which the amendment defined as being based on the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed.

In bringing suit, CAIR argued that the amendment violates both the establishment and free-exercise clauses of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom. Awad has said the amendment passed “under a campaign of fearmongering” about Islam.

The entire U.S. Muslim population is about 2.4 million — less than 1 percent of the country, according to a 2009 survey by the nonprofit Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

But supporters said a New Jersey case, in which a judge refused to grant a restraining order against a Muslim man whose wife accused him of raping her repeatedly, made it necessary for Oklahoma to take action to keep Islamic law from being imposed there.

The New Jersey decision, in which the family court judge found the husband was abiding by his Muslim beliefs regarding spousal duties, was overruled by an appellate court.

But in automated phone messages in support of the amendment, former CIA Director and Oklahoma native James Woolsey warned that there was a “major campaign in Europe to impose Sharia law” and that Islamic law “is beginning to be cited in a few U.S courts.”

Original post: Arguments to take place in Oklahoma over ban on Islamic law in courts


  1. I think it is worth mentioning that not any SINGULAR such case involving Sharia Law has EVER been tried in the state of Oklahoma. Oklahomans have also, quite obviously to rest of us (but certainly not to them), have banned the 10 Commandments… I’m certain, however, that they believe the 10 Commandments to have been found under a rock in Texas.Oklahoma is ranked 49th in the nation for Education… THIS is what that looks like in practical terms. Not to get on a tangent BUT I have three words… Education Reform NOW! (:

  2. I agree with that vote entirely; this is the United States last time i checked not the United islams or the United Sharia; we follow american laws not muslim or islamic laws such as Sharia Law. If you are offended by our views go back toy our own countries and beat your women their this is the U.S.A not a messed up country like yours.
    heres my way of lookin gat thing;
    1. if you complain about our country then go back to your own.
    2. no one is perfect same for the country.
    3. this is our country our law follow it or leave.
    4. if you have a problem with what i say here then your not american.


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