Posted by on November 22, 2010 in Blog
In the recent midterm election, Oklahomans voted in favor of the controversial State Question 755, the Save Our State Amendment, which bars Oklahoma State Judges from considering Shariah or any international/foreign law when formulating rulings. A lawsuit was filed later challenging the validity of the measure, and U.S. District Judge Vickie Miles-LeGrange issued a temporary restraining order blocking certification and implementation of the measure. The lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the measure argued that State Question 755 violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution, the principle of Separation of Powers, and the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution.
While this measure is ostensibly aimed at an incredibly limited and xenophobic understanding of the criminal penalties of Shariah, State Question 755 could potentially impact many more areas of daily life for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. For example, divorces from other countries would no longer be recognized in Oklahoma and Islamic burials would be hindered. State Question 755 simply singles out Islam as a threat to both Oklahoma and the United States, all under the guise that Muslims want to impose Shariah law in the United States.
This afternoon, Judge Miles-LeGrange extended the restraining order pending a final decision. We will continue to monitor the case.