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Oklahoma Anti-Sharia Ballot Measure Ill-Advised
I am of two minds about the recently passed State Question 755 in Oklahoma.
This is the measure that bars Oklahoma state judges from using international or religious law, specifically Sharia law, to guide their decisions. It was passed by over 70 percent of Oklahomans.
It's problematic to say that it would forbid judges from using international treaties to guide their decisions as some of the opponents have claimed. International treaties are part of international law, it's true. They are also, once ratified, part of federal law and therefore subject to the same use as any other federal statute.
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