Federal Judge Blocks Oklahoma From Imposing Anti-Sharia Law
Is Sharia law coming to Oklahoma? The answer to that question is almost definitely no, but an Oklahoma federal judge has blocked a voter-approved measure passed in 2010 that would have barred its court from considering the religious law of Islam under any circumstances.
“Having carefully reviewed the parties’ submissions, and for the same reasons set forth by the Tenth Circuit, the Court finds that defendants have failed to assert a compelling state interest and have, therefore, failed to satisfy strict scrutiny,” U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange stated in her opinion. “It is abundantly clear that the primary purpose of the amendment was to specifically target and outlaw Sharia law.”
The ruling stems from a suit brought against the state in 2011 by the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which sought to nullify the law entirely. The American Civil Liberties Union joined CAIR in challenging the amendment. “It is our hope that, in finding this anti-Islam law unconstitutional, lawmakers in other states will think twice about proposing anti-Muslim laws of their own,” said Gadeir Abbas, staff attorney for CAIR, following the ruling.
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