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Sharia Law amendment causing controversy in Oklahoma

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June 21, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma: A measure dealing with Sharia Law is gaining a lot of attention in Oklahoma, as sides have formed both for and against the proposal. The measure would mandate that courts rely on federal or state laws when handing down decisions concerning cases and would prohibit them from using international law or Sharia law when making rulings.

Representative Rex Duncan was the chief author of the bill, 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." Representative Lewis Moore co-authored the bill and commented on Sharia law and how it shouldn't be used in court rulings: “I don’t think we should accept or encourage Sharia law in any way, shape or form."[1]

On the other side of the argument, Saad Mohammed, director of Islamic information for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, opposes the measure, stating that Sharia Law coincides with about 80% of the United States Constitution. This, according to Mohammed, reflects justice and equality for all and that extremists use Sharia in a distorted way. Mohammed claimed, "Sharia is more of a protection than something used to oppress."

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