Court Hears Arguments In Oklahoma Sharia Ban


A panel of judges from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments today surrounding attempts by Oklahoma legislators to forbid the use of Sharia law in state courts. At issue is whether a lower judge was correct in blocking a 2010 ballot initiative forbidding Oklahoma courts from considering Islamic laws in their decisions.

U.S. District Court Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange blocked the measure in November 2010, after the measure was challenged as violating the Establishment Clause of the Constitution that forbids the government from favoring one religion over another. The measure was blocked because Sharia-ban supporters could identify “any situation where Sharia Law has been applied in an Oklahoma court.”

Supporters of the ban argue that the “principle purpose” of the ban was to forbid the Oklahoma courts from looking at the “precepts of other nations or cultures” and bans equally consideration of all foreign law, including Sharia.

Opponents argue the measure stigmatizes Islam and “tramples on the free exercise rights of a disfavored minority faith.” They argue the measure constrains the ability of Muslims in Oklahoma from doing things like executing valid wills, asserting religious liberty claims under the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act and enjoying equal access to the state judicial system.

The ban may also call into question long-standing tribal treaties and create chaos for Oklahoma businesses that conduct business abroad.

The panel of judges will issue their decision sometime later this year.


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bob m.
bob m.5 years ago

@ Annmari L...there will come a time when islam will collapse under the weight of its' deceits.
Like a house built on treachery and lies.
1John 2:22,23..

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

There will come a time, mark my words, when islam and its followers will take over one western country after another. They are very close right now in Scandinavia, where they can do anything and still get rewarded. Thankfully, France, Belgium and Quebec have put a stop to some of the craziness surrounding islam. To all liberals I say this: Stop catering to muslims that use the hijab or burkha to oppress women! They are laughing behind your backs because they find you gullable and naive. When it comes to islam: Be afraid, be very afraid!

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson5 years ago

ALL this fuss and waste of time and energy is ONLY TO WASTE TIME AND ENERGY. The Constitution of the United States states" The Constitution,and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all treaties made,or which shall be made,under the authority of the United States,SHALL BE THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND;and the Judges in every state shall be bound thereby,ANY THING in the Constitution or Laws of any state to the contrary NOTWITHSTANDING." ITS CLEAR,ON PAPER AND IN ENGLISH, if it makes you feel better.Sharia will NOT become the law in AMERICA!

Marsha S.
Grover Syck5 years ago

An add on to my post below. This specifically includes the 10 "suggestions"

Marsha S.
Grover Syck5 years ago

I do not support the court considering any religious "laws" in any decision. They must only consider the Constutiton and the laws of our nation.

Russell R.
Russell R.5 years ago

"American law does not permit the use of foreign law or international law to interpret the Constitution," Judge Sonia Sotomayor - We have our laws as interpreted by the Constitution. If Muslims don't abide by our Laws, let them go find a new home. Sharia limits women's rights in marriage, to property and pocessions, in case of the death of her husband, to return to his family.

Craig C.
Craig C.5 years ago

says so sorry.

Craig C.
Craig C.5 years ago

Then if the health care law stands I expect the Muslims to pay like you or I and not say it is gambling!!! I for one don't want to pay for your care because your law so.

Asiatic Lion
Asiatic Lion5 years ago