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Ballot Measure Prompts Muslim Outcry
by Douglas Clark
Cries of bigotry as an Oklahoma ballot measure strikes a nerve. In less than two weeks, Oklahomans will vote on State Question 755, which aims to keep Islamic law out of Oklahoma courtrooms. Fox 23's Douglas Clark has the story.
The group pushing for this referendum cites a New Jersey ruling, where a judge condoned a case of sexual abuse because he said the suspect was acting according to his Muslim faith. Now one Oklahoma lawmaker wants to make sure that doesn't happen here.
It's called Shariah law. It's recognized in most Islamic countries as the basis of religious law. It's been used to condone harsh punishments like beating and stonings in Iran and Somalia. Republican State Representative Rex Duncan wants to make sure Oklahoma judges never use it to decide court cases.
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