US: Sharia Islamic Law May Be Banned in Oklahoma

Good news. Less problems Oklahoma residents are going to have.

Voters in Oklahoma next week will be asked to consider an unusual ballot measure: whether the state’s constitution should be amended to outlaw Sharia, the sacred law of Islam.

Click here to read an LA Times article on the measure.

Supporters of the initiative to ban Sharia, the Times reports, concede that they do not know of a single case of Sharia being used in the Sooner State, which has about 15,000 Muslims.

Oklahoma does not have that problem yet,” said Republican state Rep. Rex Duncan, who authored the ballot measure “But why wait until it’s in the courts?

Some conservative activists, LAT reports, contend that the U.S. is at risk of going the way of Europe, which has a larger Muslim population and allows various accommodations to Islamic religious law.

Islamic groups counter that the Oklahoma initiative is merely an effort to stigmatize their religion in order to try to muster votes. “There’s no threat of Sharia law coming to Oklahoma and America, period,” Saad Mohammed of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City told the LA Times. “It’s just a scare tactic.”

via Sharia Islamic Law May Be Banned in Oklahoma – Law Blog – WSJ.

More about this vote here.

6 comments on “US: Sharia Islamic Law May Be Banned in Oklahoma

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  2. SFJD says:

    Sharia law is not about to take over Oklahoma.

    Besides being silly and redundant, this law will be disastrous. I hope its supporters are aware that foreign law is considered in U.S. Courts every day. Ever hear of “choice-of-law” clauses in contracts?

    It’s extremely common for the parties to contracts to agree that any disputes arising out of their contract will be resolved under the law of another state, or even another country. Courts rarely have a problem with this. This law, before it’s ruled to be preempted by federal law (oh boy, it’s going to be fun when THAT ruling is grossly misunderstood by the people who support this measure), will effectively make it illegal for Oklahoma companies to do business with people in foreign countries, under standard contract terms that have been used for decades.

    • Claudia says:

      Hello. Your comment was eaten by Akismet.
      Being a lawyer myself I understand what you mean. But Sharia Law’s basic principles are totally incompatible with any Western legal system as it’s based on the inequaliy of Muslims and non-Muslims and men and women and contradicts the rule of law that exists in most countries.
      If I would have been the people who wrote the proposal, I would have stated that only the law which is incompatible with US principles should be banned from being applied, just considering the concept of “public order” (which at least exists in Spain and I think that it also exists in Anglo-Saxon legal systems, though I don’t know if it’s the same. It refers to those core values any legal system has, that are binding for all. i.e. polygamy is forbidden as being against women equality). You’re right in that respect but not about Sharia Law at all. The sooner it’s banned (as I say on the post), the less problems it will give as all people will know it’s illegal.
      I hope you can watch these videos from here. If not, I will just enter the links afterwards.

      So, do you want to wait till this happens in Oklahoma?

  3. Sarah says:

    I’m thankful for this! Sharia Law does not belong in the US period, and a ban has to start somewhere! Maybe other states will follow suit, and we’ll send a clear message that it is not wanted here.

    • Claudia says:

      I understand you perfectly, Sarah. I don’t think it’s discriminatory as CAIR says it is, because of “singling out one religion“. That’s just because it’s the only one which aspires (at least an important number of believers) to substitute the laws of every State with Sharia Law.

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