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01-11-12, 10:51 AM #1
Appeals court affirms order blocking Oklahoma sharia law banA federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that blocked the implementation of an Oklahoma law barring judges from considering international or Islamic law in their decisions.
The appellate court opinion pointed out that proponents of the law admitted to not knowing of a single instance in which an Oklahoma court applied sharia law or the legal precepts of other countries.
"This serves as a reminder that these anti-sharia laws are unconstitutional and that if politicians use fear-mongering and bigotry, the courts won't allow it to last for long," said Muneer Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Oklahoma. Awad sued to block the law, contending that it infringed on his 1st Amendment rights.
Proponents of the law argued that it was intended to ban courts from considering all religious laws and that sharia was simply used as an example. The appeals court, however, disagreed.
"That argument conflicts with the amendment's plain language, which mentions sharia law in two places," the court opinion read.
Republican Sen. Anthony Sykes, who sponsored the measure in the state Senate, said its goal was to require judges to apply only the laws of the United States and Oklahoma. "Sharia merges religion and the law. Our constitution is totally different," he said. "I think it is something that competes with our constitution — it just doesn't mesh."
01-11-12, 08:03 PM #2
First off, the law is pointless. We already have a law that prevents religious doctrine to be made into law. It's call the First Amendment.
Second, Mr. Asswad doesn't realize that establishing religious law is what is unconstitutional.
Idiocy on both sides of this issue."If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton
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