Oklahoma SQ 755 passes, but lawsuit looming (updated)
By Al Ortiz
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma: With the passage of SQ 755, Muslims in the state planned for action against the measure in court. The measure, which requires that courts rely on federal or state laws when handing down decisions and would prohibit them from using Sharia law, passed on November 2 with an unofficial result of 70.08 percent to 29.92 percent.
According to reports, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Oklahoma planned to file the lawsuit, which will claim that the measure is unconstitutional. Muneer Awad, executive director of the group, stated that the measure is deceptive and misleads people into believing that there is a threat from Islam in the country. The lawsuit, according to Awad at the time, would be filed in federal court by as early as November 4, 2010. According to reports, the measure was indeed filed on that day, with Awad listed as the plaintiff.
Representative Rex Duncan was the chief author of the proposal, and stated that Sharia law was a "cancer" in the United Kingdom because those courts enforced shariah. Duncan stated, "SQ 755 will constitute a pre-emptive strike against Shariah law coming to Oklahoma." Duncan also added, "While Oklahoma is still able to defend itself against this sort of hideous invasion, we should do so."
The complaint filed with the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma can be read here.
- Oklahoma "Sharia Law Amendment," State Question 755 (2010)
- Oklahoma 2010 ballot measures
- 2010 ballot measures