FYI: Oklahoma law on hold

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  1. exscentric

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    " Judge Puts Hold on Okla. Anti-Shariah Amendment
    Lawyers for the Oklahoma Attorney General's office have two weeks to convince a federal judge to remove a temporary hold on a voter-approved state constitutional amendment that prohibits courts from considering Islamic law. Religion News Service reports that U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange issued a temporary restraining order on Monday after Muslims sued to block the referendum, which was approved by 70 percent of Oklahoma voters on Nov. 2. Muneer Awad, executive director of the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, sued to block enforcement, alleging the referendum violates First Amendment prohibitions against religious discrimination and government-supported religion. The referendum, he argued, "says Islam is so uniquely threatening to the American way of life that it needs to be singled out as dangerous in the Oklahoma constitution. That stigmatizes Muslims in Oklahoma and Muslims all over America.""
     
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    Whoever wrote the law is an idiot. The wording begs to be over turned on 1st amendment grounds. You cannot single out one specific religion for special attention. If the law had read "any religious law" instead of "Islamic law" it would have passed constitutional muster.
     
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    Actualy, the law should have read "any foreign law"
     
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    That the law was designed in reaction to a judges ruling in this country is the saddest part of all.
     
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    No. There are many native born American Muslims and many Qur'ans are printed in the US.
     

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