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Oklahoma: Judge Extends Ban on Anti-Sharia Measure

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The federal judge presiding over the sharia ban case in Oklahoma has decided to extend the TRO on a new Constitutional amendment banning Sharia in Oklahoma

Judge Extends Ban on Anti-Shariah Measure

By ANNIE YOUDERIAN

(CN) – A federal judge in Oklahoma said she needed another week to decide if the state’s new constitutional amendment barring courts from recognizing Shariah, or Islamic law, discriminates against Muslims.
U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange extended her Nov. 9 temporary restraining order blocking the results of the Nov. 2 referendum, in which 70 percent of voters passed the anti-Shariah amendment.
The amendment directs courts to “rely on federal and state law when deciding cases” and bars them “from considering or using Shariah law.
Muneer Awad, the executive director of the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), had asked the judge for an order barring state officials from certifying the elections results.
He called the amendment “ridiculous” and a “gross transgression of the Establishment Clause,” as it could void his will and other legal contracts between Muslims, though courts are allowed to consider the traditions of other religions. He noted that no other state constitution “attaches special burdens on a religious tradition.”
“Indeed, the only interest consistent with both the language and operation of the Shariah Ban is an interest in harming an unpopular minority,” he argued in hismotion for a preliminary injunction.
“The goal was to stigmatize Islam by establishing in the public’s mind that Islam is something foreign and to be feared,” he said.
In issuing the temporary restraining order, Judge Miles-LaGrange said Awad “has made a preliminary showing” that the amendment “is not facially neutral, discriminates against a specific religious belief, and prohibits conduct because it is undertaken for religious reasons.”
On Monday, she extended her order to Nov. 29.

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  • JD

    What’s weird is it’s Xmas. You go to walmart.com or Target.com or watch tv you will see Christian X-mas stuff all over . Now i have no problem with Xmas i personally love this time of the year but what if this was EID or Ramadan and some store came out with Eid toys or Ramadan fasting discounts at burger king these Sharia law cry babys would have a heart attack and there heads will explode. Someone should ask Pam Geller if this Is this time of the year is Christian Sharia law? Why are they not going bat crazy about it? And what if muslims made as big of a fuss over Xmas all over the place as they do about muslim holidays ? They would prob say this is muslim stealth jihad to stop christian holidays and replace them.

  • Justin

    I would say I want to declare Jihad on myself, but people might think I’m suicidal.

    http://www.defendtheprophet.com/2010/11/22/imam-an-nawawi-on-jihad-against-the-soul/

  • NassirH

    Yes, I noticed that Medved attempted to make his article more ant-Islamic, obviously to make it more acceptable to his audience—of which a sizable proportion are anti-Muslim bigots.

    It didn’t work.

  • muhammad ‘abd-al haqq

    @NassirH

    “It seems that Michael Medved—an individual who has admitted his doesn’t like Islam and makes fun of Muslim quite frequently on his radio show—is finally siding with sane people on this one.”

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/MichaelMedved/2010/11/19/oklahoma_striking_the_constitution_to_hit_sharia_law

    A quote from that article’s comment section can only confirm what i have been saying all along:

    Jon Russo Wrote: Nov 19, 2010 6:09 PM

    “But the best protection against hateful, Islamic-style theocracy remains an unbreakable ban on government singling out one faith or another to support or decry.”

    “No. The best protection would be to ban Islam altogether. No Islam = No Sharia. “Protection” doesn’t get any better than that.”

    Allahu A’lam

  • NassirH

    It seems that Michael Medved—an individual who has admitted his doesn’t like Islam and makes fun of Muslim quite frequently on his radio show—is finally siding with sane people on this one.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/MichaelMedved/2010/11/19/oklahoma_striking_the_constitution_to_hit_sharia_law

    He was met with viscerally hateful comments by the right-wingers who frequent the gutter blog called Townhall.com (some rants about stealth Jihad and Leftist elites which are often racist…you know, the usual).

  • mindy1

    At least she is trying to be rational

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