Oklahoma Bans Shariah Law in State Courts
According to the New York Times, Oklahomans have voted to forbid the use of international Shariah law in state courts.
Voters were asked to vote on Question 755:
This measure amends the State Constitution. It changes a section that deals with the courts of this state. It would amend Article 7, Section 1. It makes courts rely on federal and state law when deciding cases. It forbids courts from considering or using international law. It forbids courts from considering or using Sharia Law.
International law is also known as the law of nations. It deals with the conduct of international organizations and independent nations, such as countries, states and tribes. It deals with their relationship with each other. It also deals with some of their relationships with persons.
The law of nations is formed by the general assent of civilized nations. Sources of international law also include international agreements, as well as treaties.
Sharia Law is Islamic law. It is based on two principal sources, the Koran and the teaching of Mohammed.
Via Fox News:
“Has any judge ever tried to use Shariah in Oklahoma?” a reporter asked [Oklahoma State Representative Rex Duncan] as he walked in front of the County Courthouse in Tulsa this week. “No,” said Duncan, “and we want to make sure they never will.”
Muslims groups have called foul, claiming voting to ban Shariah law where it doesn’t and couldn’t exist is Islamaphobia:
“There’s no threat of Shariah law coming to Oklahoma and America, period,” said Saad Mohammed of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. “It’s just a scare tactic.”
With 5% of precints reporting, 69.8% voted in favor of the ban, while 30.2% voted against.
By Peaco Todd